Doctors call Westford firm's test an ADHD breakthrough

Full story: Lowell Sun

There will be a buzz of activity this week and next as kids return to classrooms throughout Greater Lowell.
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fed up

Chelmsford, MA

#1 Aug 30, 2010
and i suppose none of the specialist even have children , thats the norm in these cases but they are the specialist ,just once i wish they would take a child or 2 and spend quality time with them and not just a 5 minute visit and then pump a kid with so called prescrption drugs s they will calm down its scary but to them its only a business with no real fix these days its getting very scary to live in this society
Ayer votes

Revere, MA

#2 Aug 30, 2010
I too am sick of specialist trying to fix kids with DRUGS. We have to many fat kids its the nutrition, it not because they don't have recess or gym classes anymore.Lets have them sit in a chair for six hours a day stay still and pay 100% attention.
overdiagnosis

Lowell, MA

#3 Aug 30, 2010
This is most ridiculous thing I have ever read. I don't deny that some children may have issues but I reject the number of 4.5 million. Talk about a bogus diagnosis. A one size fits all if you will. How convenient. It's nothing more than a scare tactic in an effort to make money. The pharmaceutical companies and doctors love this.
Thank God my parents weren't drawn into this mumbo jumbo. I was a very hyper child, bored easily, running around outside, climbing trees and very loud as where most of my friends and as are most children at play.
If I were being raised today, I have no doubts that some doctor would of raised this issue with my parents due to my hyperactivity. However my parents where smart enough to let a child act like a child. I counted 9 out of the fifteen symptoms that could potentially suit me, yet I am a "normal " adult, raising a family. I have many friends and a stressful job I've held for the past 12 years successfully.
Half of the problem is that parents and even some teachers today are so busy themselves that they don't have the patience or the time to deal with typical children. It's easier to deal with the subdued child even if they are being drugged unnecessarily. I'm not perfect but I believe spending quality time with your kids is essential. Teach kids consequences and how to deal with disappointments and pressures in life, instead of medicating them and we will have more productive citizens. If this is our future, I'm worried for all of us.
resident

North Billerica, MA

#4 Aug 30, 2010
While I do believe that there are "some" children with "ADHD" each year the numbers keep growing and I think it is the growing trend among parents to let the child express themselves with no direction. Babies do not have schedules anymore, toddlers don't take naps anymore and are not subject to any sort of schedule. Children today lack direction and schedule. By the time they reach school they are unruly. Teachers today do not want to deal with "parents lack of responsibility, and the ball rolls from there" the only only suffering is the child. What do we do "drug them". children should be taught respect from an early age, to give and receive it. Parents today send their child to school and can't handle it when a teacher says I am having difficulty with your child. The parents automatically go into defense mode, to defend their child instead of working with the teacher. I am so sick of hearing ADHD in so many children society better wake up in twenty years they will be presribing drugs to prevent ADHD in the womb. This is getting out of control....
Mother of an ADHD Child

Boston, MA

#5 Aug 30, 2010
This sounds like an excited new tool for the professionals to use. I was and still show some signs of ADHD and let me tell you, my schools days were absolute torture. My son is ADHD, and from the moment he went on medication, he was calm, not bouncing up and down, not interrupting all the time, you could actually have a conversation with him for longer than 2 seconds. We tried changing his diet and eliminating certain foods and dyes and preservatives. When he almost flunked 3rd grade is when we made the agonizing decision to have him go through yet another evaluation and finally put him on medication. It was the best decision we ever made, he is so much calmer, you can actually sit down and have a converations with him and understand what he is saying. The medication he is on has accomplished it's goal, it helps him concentrate in school and he doesn't feel like a social outcast.
The best part is, he felt the differnce in his behavior and he knows that it helps him stay focused
Know it all

Lowell, MA

#6 Aug 30, 2010
overdiagnosis wrote:
This is most ridiculous thing I have ever read. I don't deny that some children may have issues but I reject the number of 4.5 million. Talk about a bogus diagnosis. A one size fits all if you will. How convenient. It's nothing more than a scare tactic in an effort to make money. The pharmaceutical companies and doctors love this.
Thank God my parents weren't drawn into this mumbo jumbo. I was a very hyper child, bored easily, running around outside, climbing trees and very loud as where most of my friends and as are most children at play.
If I were being raised today, I have no doubts that some doctor would of raised this issue with my parents due to my hyperactivity. However my parents where smart enough to let a child act like a child. I counted 9 out of the fifteen symptoms that could potentially suit me, yet I am a "normal " adult, raising a family. I have many friends and a stressful job I've held for the past 12 years successfully.
Half of the problem is that parents and even some teachers today are so busy themselves that they don't have the patience or the time to deal with typical children. It's easier to deal with the subdued child even if they are being drugged unnecessarily. I'm not perfect but I believe spending quality time with your kids is essential. Teach kids consequences and how to deal with disappointments and pressures in life, instead of medicating them and we will have more productive citizens. If this is our future, I'm worried for all of us.
Just wondering, do you take any medication for anything?
If so, why? Sounds like you better stop taking them and learn how to
deal with disappointments and pressures in life. After all, this is your future, and we are all worried about you.
Highland Ho

Fairport, NY

#7 Aug 30, 2010
Not surprised this break threw happened in Westford.There is an abundance of test subjects.
Another perspective

Pepperell, MA

#8 Aug 30, 2010
ADD and ADHD are real disorders. I know as our extended family includes members who are diagnosed. Some have chosen medication where others have not. I would agree that many children are mis-diagnosed with ADD when they may just have a truly creative side. There was a speaker on Ted.com who had a daughter for which the school system categorized as ADD. They encouraged medication and the he declined. She later became a well known Ballet dancer. So, the purpose for my comment is to not categorize all "high energy" children as ADD or ADHD. Some do have more energy and others are just more creative than others.
adhd mom

Lexington, MA

#9 Aug 30, 2010
I am a mother of a ADHD child. I run a house of 4 children all on schedules and we care about nutrition. When I chose to medicate my son, it was not to take the easy way out. My son is 9 and been on meds since 1st grade. He only takes meds for school because I do "learn to deal with it" My son wouldn't make it through the school day without meds. Most ADHD children do not take meds at home. My child is top of his class in academics, in sports, loves to read and enjoys his friends.
Before meds he was in trouble all the time for not paying attention. Wanted to know why he couldn't be good and all the kids called him crazy.
I do agree though that the doctors need to spend more time with these kids though. I am sick of the same questions:how's he doing, does he need a med increase? see you in 3 months. "he's right here! Ask him!"
Let me ask u a question.....when the teacher is teaching your child would u like my child interupting the whole class all day and when spoken too continue to do it again and again and again?
Inattentive ADD

Salem, MA

#10 Aug 31, 2010
My child is a patient of the practice mentioned which by the way is run very efficiently. I personally know Dr. Francis and he is wonderful. My child was diagnosed with inattentive add by a Neuropsychologist. One recommendation was meds. I decided to do a med trial and had disasterous results. My child was sad (crying) and lethargic. Her appetite pretty much stopped. The method to get a refill of her meds was just plain crazy. Same old evaluation from the tracher (if you could get them to fill it out) the same old questionnaire from Mom and Dad. You have to stop in person to the Dr. office to get the RX. It was really a crazy system.
I decided to stop the meds and try other methods like minor diet modification, rigid schedules, timers and more focus on teaching her to understand how to work around her issues. She is med free and will remain that way.
I was so tired of hearing "If a child needed glasses wouldn't you get them". It truly is not the same when you are talking about a stimulent medication and its effects on a 7 yr. old.
While I do believe that some children function better with medication I am concerned that we are just altering our children to be perfect little clones. If the meds do give children a better academic outcome is it any different than taking steroids to play better baseball?
Maybe my child will never be a rocket scientist but I will assure you that she will be a happy, healthy well adjusted child that is who she is.
Snapshot in time

Salem, MA

#11 Aug 31, 2010
Isn't it just scary that a childs future can be measured in 15 minutes? What if it was an off day? We all have them. What if the child was nervous? It happens to all of us. I just think it is sort of sad that a childs temperment will be decided in 15 minutes. The result may be that medications would be used to alter the child because of that snapshot in time.
Is it possible that that child may never be who they were meant to be because of that 15 minutes of time?
nadie

Concord, MA

#12 Sep 15, 2010
Highland Ho wrote:
Not surprised this break threw happened in Westford.There is an abundance of test subjects.
FYI - If you're going to insult a whole town at least know how to spell. It's breakthrough. You're welcome.
nadie

Concord, MA

#13 Sep 15, 2010
Read the article, people. Parents aren't walking in off the street and saying, "Hey, Buster here seems a bit too energetic and it's getting annoying. Let's give this here machine a whirl and see if we can medicate him so I can have a life." How wonderful for those of you who have never had child who simply can't get out of their own way no matter how badly they've tried.
Jameson

Europe

#14 Sep 24, 2013
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Tony Stark

Hampton, NH

#15 Sep 24, 2013
Now that MCAS testing hold teachers responsible...more and more children are sent out of their classrooms to be evaluated for ADHD because they're not able to learn as fast as well as the other students. Look how high the ADHD diagnosis jumped up when MCAS came into play.

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