ADHD diagnosis? Try medication, suppo...

ADHD diagnosis? Try medication, support groups, mom says

There are 30 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 21, 2008, titled ADHD diagnosis? Try medication, support groups, mom says. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

When Gina Dunn's two sons were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder earlier this year, she kept it private for fear they would be labeled as lacking intelligence.

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Concerned about drugs

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Nov 21, 2008
I have a child that was diagnosed with ADHD when she was in 2nd grade (she's 15 now). I also throught the same as the author above that she should be treated with drugs. However now that I know all the adverse affect of drugs I strongly discourage it.

It was my daughter who acutally said after 2 years of taking the drug "mom, I just don't want to take it anymore - it makes me feel funny". I immediately took her off of it and found we had to go through withdrawl symptoms of headaches.

What I suggest to do is not to use the drugs to help boost your childs self esteem but to be an advocate yourself. Constantly praise your child and discuss the ADHD in terms of adjusting so that it is not a negative factor in life.

I acutally think teachers would like all kids to be cookie cutter good and if they aren't - they are labeled with ADHD or similar and push to put them on drugs. Kids need to be praised for being themselves. I understand it may be difficult to teach a child that has more energy and lack of focus (or what I call it - is "bored with class"), but teachers just need to deal with it. In my time - classrooms of the 60's and 70's teachers just dealt with it.

My daughter is now a striving wonderful child. With encouragement she is constantly on the A honor roll. I won't say it's easy, but what did you expect for when you signed up to be a parent?
Oh geeze

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Nov 21, 2008
Why is it so many kids are diagnosed with "ADD" or "ADHD?" Someone please tell me. It sounds like a cop-out for bored kids who spend less time outside playing and too much time in front of the TV, computer, video games, and all of the other things that have a tendency to over-stimulate the brain. It has been proven that kids who do sit in from of those things (because the images move faster than anything else in life) have their brains adapt to that speed thus not allowing it to be "controlled." Go back 10 years and you'll see a decline of the virtual babysitter.
Mrs R

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 21, 2008
I am so ashamed that so many people have voted Republican the last 8 years. Because of them we don't have any decent services for people with these problems. I am bipolar, ADHD and bisexual. Thanks to the Bush administration cutting back social services, I have missed a lot of therapy that I otherwise should have received. A couple of my therapists told me that the future looks brighter in the next administration because we have people who actually care about their fellow Americans.
Mrs R

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Nov 21, 2008
Oh geeze wrote:
Why is it so many kids are diagnosed with "ADD" or "ADHD?" Someone please tell me. It sounds like a cop-out for bored kids who spend less time outside playing and too much time in front of the TV, computer, video games, and all of the other things that have a tendency to over-stimulate the brain. It has been proven that kids who do sit in from of those things (because the images move faster than anything else in life) have their brains adapt to that speed thus not allowing it to be "controlled." Go back 10 years and you'll see a decline of the virtual babysitter.
You are possibly the dumbest poster I have seen yet on these boards, and I've seen a lot of dumb people! Newflash: Women can vote now and prohibition ended. Get out of the 1920's and join the rest of society.

“m”

Since: Sep 08

here

#5 Nov 21, 2008
Mrs R wrote:
I am so ashamed that so many people have voted Republican the last 8 years. Because of them we don't have any decent services for people with these problems. I am bipolar, ADHD and bisexual. Thanks to the Bush administration cutting back social services, I have missed a lot of therapy that I otherwise should have received. A couple of my therapists told me that the future looks brighter in the next administration because we have people who actually care about their fellow Americans.
should have received ?
please explain this

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Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#6 Nov 21, 2008
Mrs R wrote:
I am so ashamed that so many people have voted Republican the last 8 years. Because of them we don't have any decent services for people with these problems. I am bipolar, ADHD and bisexual. Thanks to the Bush administration cutting back social services, I have missed a lot of therapy that I otherwise should have received. A couple of my therapists told me that the future looks brighter in the next administration because we have people who actually care about their fellow Americans.
The one silver lining with the $700 billion bailout is the "mental health parity bill" which requires mental illnesses to be treated the same as other illnesses and covered under insurance.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-...

“m”

Since: Sep 08

here

#7 Nov 21, 2008
Oh geeze wrote:
Why is it so many kids are diagnosed with "ADD" or "ADHD?" Someone please tell me. It sounds like a cop-out for bored kids who spend less time outside playing and too much time in front of the TV, computer, video games, and all of the other things that have a tendency to over-stimulate the brain. It has been proven that kids who do sit in from of those things (because the images move faster than anything else in life) have their brains adapt to that
speed thus not allowing it to be "controlled." Go back 10 years and you'll see a decline of the virtual babysitter.
I agree i was diagnosed with adhd back in the early 80's the first thing my parents did was got rid of the tv. made me spend time using my brain and being outside playing and other things. when i gotinto trouble my parents made me run around the block a few times. and my parents fav line was control your self or you will be controled.

“m”

Since: Sep 08

here

#8 Nov 21, 2008
Mellers wrote:
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The one silver lining with the $700 billion bailout is the "mental health parity bill" which requires mental illnesses to be treated the same as other illnesses and covered under insurance.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-...
yeah and look at the cost of your ins. for the next yr it will be doubling

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Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#9 Nov 21, 2008
matman72 wrote:
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yeah and look at the cost of your ins. for the next yr it will be doubling
I'm not sure that's true but if it does, I'm sure it's also related to an aging population, more acute/chronic diseases being treated, more obesity, and so on.

If those that are needing treatment are covered, they will be seen sooner and not wait until it gets to a desperate situation. On the contrary-costs may actually go down as a result.

“m”

Since: Sep 08

here

#10 Nov 21, 2008
health INS. cost will never go down ALL INS. is a scam.

“We're all connected”

Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#11 Nov 21, 2008
matman72 wrote:
health INS. cost will never go down ALL INS. is a scam.
Thanks for the thoughtful debate.

Since: Nov 08

Hudson, WI

#12 Nov 21, 2008
I think insurance is more of a gamble than a scam, but I would certainly hate to gamble and lose. Besides in supporting not having insurance (for issues they could potentially get treated anyway and then not afford), it would continue to drive costs.

BTW Mellers - Congrats on your remission. I don't know you, but I'm glad you pulled through, nonetheless.

“We're all connected”

Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#13 Nov 21, 2008
Alexandra da Great wrote:
I think insurance is more of a gamble than a scam, but I would certainly hate to gamble and lose. Besides in supporting not having insurance (for issues they could potentially get treated anyway and then not afford), it would continue to drive costs.
BTW Mellers - Congrats on your remission. I don't know you, but I'm glad you pulled through, nonetheless.
I'm grateful for your words. I've kept all of my insurance statements in case I needed to fight any of the bills (only one,$150 bill) but my medical expenses have been over $500,000. Of course I haven't had to pay that-I have insurance, which both myself and my employer pays. I did not cause my Leukemia, as far as I know, and I work hard to keep myself in good health. I cannot even BEGIN to imagine what it would be like to go through this without health insurance!!

“m”

Since: Sep 08

here

#14 Nov 21, 2008
Mellers wrote:
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Thanks for the thoughtful debate.
i have been paying health Ins. for 20 yearsa and it has yet to go down. samething with auto and home. no claims on either. been lucky and healty the whole time and only go to doc every 6 months same with t he dentist. you would think with no claims and only using the health and dental 2 times a year something would get cheaper some where along the line

Since: Nov 08

Hudson, WI

#15 Nov 21, 2008
Mellers wrote:
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I'm grateful for your words. I've kept all of my insurance statements in case I needed to fight any of the bills (only one,$150 bill) but my medical expenses have been over $500,000. Of course I haven't had to pay that-I have insurance, which both myself and my employer pays. I did not cause my Leukemia, as far as I know, and I work hard to keep myself in good health. I cannot even BEGIN to imagine what it would be like to go through this without health insurance!!
I generally lean toward fiscal conservatism, but the healthcare issue is between a rock and a hard place. You can't deny people insurance because they can just go to the emergency room, which makes it more expensive anyway. I just have trouble placing a monetary value on a human life.

I couldn't even imagine what you went through. Good for you to stay positive and brave!

Since: Nov 08

Hudson, WI

#16 Nov 21, 2008
Do you think people would be less prone to illness and recover more quickly if they didn't have to worry about coverage and be under stress about the economic impact to their families?

Just a question - I want to see what everybody thinks, so respond if you dare to opine on this subject...

“We're all connected”

Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#17 Nov 21, 2008
matman72 wrote:
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i have been paying health Ins. for 20 yearsa and it has yet to go down. samething with auto and home. no claims on either. been lucky and healty the whole time and only go to doc every 6 months same with t he dentist. you would think with no claims and only using the health and dental 2 times a year something would get cheaper some where along the line
Obviously (and unfortunately) your rates don't just include you, but everyone in the plan divided by the number of people in the plan. I heard on the news again tonight that the US is paying more, per capita, for health insurance and we still pay more than any other nation on this planet. We need to fix something.

“We're all connected”

Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#18 Nov 21, 2008
Alexandra da Great wrote:
Do you think people would be less prone to illness and recover more quickly if they didn't have to worry about coverage and be under stress about the economic impact to their families?
Just a question - I want to see what everybody thinks, so respond if you dare to opine on this subject...
I'd love it if you started a new thread on the subject! My gut reaction: yes. But it's more of an instinctive reaction and not based on facts. If I didn't have health insurance, I know what I'd probably ignore and wait until it got worse. I suspect those decisions would increase the costs of treating me.
Rita

Redmond, WA

#19 Nov 22, 2008
Mrs R wrote:
I am so ashamed that so many people have voted Republican the last 8 years. Because of them we don't have any decent services for people with these problems. I am bipolar, ADHD and bisexual. Thanks to the Bush administration cutting back social services, I have missed a lot of therapy that I otherwise should have received. A couple of my therapists told me that the future looks brighter in the next administration because we have people who actually care about their fellow Americans.
OMG, PAAAALEASE! A Couple of your therapists?
Rita

Redmond, WA

#20 Nov 22, 2008
Mrs R wrote:
I am so ashamed that so many people have voted Republican the last 8 years. Because of them we don't have any decent services for people with these problems. I am bipolar, ADHD and bisexual. Thanks to the Bush administration cutting back social services, I have missed a lot of therapy that I otherwise should have received. A couple of my therapists told me that the future looks brighter in the next administration because we have people who actually care about their fellow Americans.
OMG, PAAALEASE, A couple of your therapists?

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