Medicated ADHD kids do better on tests

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Children on medicine for attention deficit disorder scored higher on academic tests than their unmedicated peers in the first large, long-term study suggesting this kind of benefit from the widely used drugs. Full Story
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Sally Nunez

Long Beach, CA

#2 Apr 27, 2009
At this point in L.A.'s decline maybe it is more humane to "medicate" citizen children.

Since: Oct 08

West Hills, CA

#3 Apr 27, 2009
How is this even news? that medicine that's designed to help kids focus and succeed is, gasp, helping them focus and succeed.
One mother

Rancho Cordova, CA

#4 Apr 27, 2009
Oh, stop with the anti-medication baloney. If your kid had type 1 diabetes, would you deny her insulin? There are definitely behavioral things to be done to help ADD/ADHD kids, and medication is certainly not a cure-all. But to deny medication to a child who needs it is just plain cruel. My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 7 years old. He'd gotten sent home many times from kindergarten for disruptive behavior in the classroom, and in first grade he ran away from his teachers to go running up and down staircases. We tried everything imaginable with behavioral changes and finally went with medication, starting with small doses. Everyone hears about Ritalin, but there are other choices, like Metadate, Adderol and Strattera. My son takes Strattera and eats and sleeps well. He's a straight-A high-school senior who channels his energy by helping the other kids in his classes. The meds haven't changed his personality or made him an automaton -- it's more like they've removed all the extra cords from an overloaded electrical outlet. Please don't believe everything you hear about medication for ADD/ADHD. It's not fair to your kids.
man on the moon

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Apr 27, 2009
problem though is when they are teenage and get off the meds, lots of time they find meth to feel normal again
no responsibility

Burbank, CA

#7 Apr 27, 2009
Ask your pharmacist wrote:
Only lazy parents too afraid to discipline their children drug them. It's an easy way out. Do you know why 40 years ago there was no such thing as ADD, ADHD, Bipolar, etc.? Because back then, parents parented their children. They didn't flop them in front of the TV or computer and let society raise them. Changing the chemicals in the brain because someone is too busy trying to make a name for themselves in the career world is child abuse in a bottle.
Manic/Depressive (now called bipolar)behavior was around 40 years ago as was schizophrenia or maybe you don't think there is such a thing as schizophrenia either.

They used to call Alzheimer's and dementia senility. Maybe you don't believe there are these diseases now.
Barrie Silberberg

Camarillo, CA

#9 Apr 28, 2009
This article is appalling!!! We should NOT be drugging our children! These drugs HEAVILY damge our children!! The side effects are horrific and LONG Term!!!

Where is the test about changing diet?? Removing dyes, preservatives, MSG, Aspartame, nitrites, other chemicals and toxins?!?!?!?!?! Where is the data about Certain foods that can cause focus issues and fidgeting issues in children........Where is the information about www.feingold.org that is SAVING our children from a life of DRUG ABUSE....

Here is a survey showing the effects of dyes in children...Dyes like Red #40, Yellow #5, Blue and more......THIS is what is damaging and hurting out children.. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/ADHD-A...

PARENTS you HAVE to wake up!!!!

Author of: The Autism and ADHD Diet...A Step by Step Guide to Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free GFCF and other Interventions (including TONS of info on Feingold and MORE)
Chet

Ottawa, IL

#10 Apr 28, 2009
raitchison wrote:
How is this even news? that medicine that's designed to help kids focus and succeed is, gasp, helping them focus and succeed.
Well it's nice to see that something in this world is working as it was intended!

Go attention deficit drugs Go!
WakeUp

United States

#11 Apr 28, 2009
Ask your pharmacist wrote:
Only lazy parents too afraid to discipline their children drug them. It's an easy way out. Do you know why 40 years ago there was no such thing as ADD, ADHD, Bipolar, etc.? Because back then, parents parented their children. They didn't flop them in front of the TV or computer and let society raise them. Changing the chemicals in the brain because someone is too busy trying to make a name for themselves in the career world is child abuse in a bottle.
For those of us who have actually experience with ADHD, etc. I can assure you that it is not parenting. PHDs will assure you that it has nothing to do with parenting. Before you decide to comment ACTUALLY know and have experience with the topic you are speaking about.
Chet

Ottawa, IL

#12 Apr 28, 2009
WakeUp wrote:
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For those of us who have actually experience with ADHD, etc. I can assure you that it is not parenting. PHDs will assure you that it has nothing to do with parenting. Before you decide to comment ACTUALLY know and have experience with the topic you are speaking about.
Yes, but poor parenting still causes homosexuality, autism, schizophrenia, and all childhood cancers doesn't it?
Non-Medicated

United States

#14 Apr 28, 2009
Reframe your outlook on ADHD

The Gift of ADHD,Lara Honos-Webb, PhD
The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child, Thom Hartmann
One mother

Rancho Cordova, CA

#15 Apr 29, 2009
Ask your pharmacist wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm a pharmacist. What are your qualifications? Experience?
Please excuse me, I'm butting in and answering as another parent. I have three children and have excellent parenting skills. A child with ADD does not respond to the same things other children do, and it takes a good deal of energy to learn to understand them and help them. I am not lazy, I am not a bad parent, I believe in firm guidance, and I'm not a sell-out to video games and other technological distractions. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years and devoted myself to my family. I've found that most people who are against ADD medication just don't know the reality of the disorder; they've been listening to media hype and widespread misinformation. You sound like a smart person, so I recommend "Driven to Distraction" by Dr. Hallowell, who himself has ADD. I was against medication myself until I read this book and then talked to a number of other parents of ADD/ADHD kids. I've researched the theories about diet, dyes in food, behavioral therapy, etc., but none of those things have made the sweeping changes that are often claimed by the supporters. I know kids who've gone to the Drake Institute here in Los Angeles, for example, and have grown up without ADD/ADHD medication, and I haven't seen much progress in managing the disorder that way. The medical journals aren't bursting with success stories from these alternate paths. But I do remember the anguish, the frustration and aggravation my son suffered before he was diagnosed and we tried medication. I must reiterate that medication is NOT a panacea -- parents still have to spend more time and energy with these kids. But please don't discourage parents from using medication. Read Hallowell and then come back and tell us your impressions; I'd be interested in your professional perspective.
Non-Medicated

United States

#16 Apr 29, 2009
""Telling exuberant children that they have attention-deficit/hyperactivit y disorder is like telling women they have a ****-deficit/hypermammary disorder. Differences do not mean disorders. It's alot easier--and cheaper-- to diagnose a kid with ADHD and put him on Ritalin, than it is to create an environment that nutures his unique gifts.""Lara Honos-Webb, PhD
I HIGHLY suggest reading her book, "The Gift of ADHD".

Famous People with ADHD

Albert Einstein
Ansel Adams
Ann Bancroft
Beethoven
Alexander Graham Bell
James Boswell
Sir Richard Francis Burton
President George Bush (both)
Admiral Richard Byrd
Lord Byron
Thomas Carlyle
Andrew Carnegie
Jim Carrey
Gen. H. Norman Charles
Thomas Chatterton
Samuel Clemens
Samuel T. Coleridge
Christopher Columbus
Tom Cruise
Leonardo da Vinci
Salvador Dali
Emily Dickinson
Patty Duke
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ernest & Marel
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Edward Fitzgerald
Malcomb Forbes
Henry Ford
Rick Fox
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Frost
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Tom Gainsborough
Galileo
Bill Gates
Susan Hampshire
Handel
Mariette Hartley
Stephen Hawking
Wm Randolph Hearst
Ernest Hemingway
Bill Hewlett
Alfred Hitchcock
Dustin Hoffman

.More Famous people with ADHD...

Thomas Jefferson
Bruce Jenner
"Magic" Johnson
Samuel Johnson
Michael Jordan
Carl Jung, M.****.
King Karl XI of Sweden
John F. Kennedy
Robert Kennedy
Jason Kidd
Evel Knievel
Bill Lear
John Lennon
Lewis and Clark
Carl Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
Luci Baines Johnson Nugent
Louis Pasteur
Gen. George Patton
H. Ross Perot

Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf
George ****. Scott
George Bernard Shaw
Tom Smothers
Socrates
Steven Spielberg
Sylvester Stallone
Robert Louis Stevenson
Jackie Stewart
James Stewart
Richard ****. Strauss
Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nicolai Tesla
Henry David Thoreau
Leo Tolstoy
Ted Turner
Vincent Van Gogh
Jules Verne
Werner von Braun
Lindsay Wagner
Mike Wallace
General Westmoreland
Weyerhauser Family
Walt Whitman
Jamie Williams
Robin Williams
Tennessee Williams
Woodrow Wilson
Henry Winkler
Stevie Wonder
Virginia Woolf
F.****. Woolworth
Wright Brothers
Vince Lombardi
Robert Lowell
James Clark Maxwell
Steve McQueen
Mozart
David H. Murdock
Napoleon
Nasser
Isaac Newton
Jack Nicholson
Anthony Hopkins
Howard Hughes
Nostradamus

Edgar Allan Poe
Cole Porter
Elvis Presley
Dan Rather
Buddy Rich
Eddie Rickenbacker
Guy Ritchie
Joan Rivers
John ****. Rockefeller
Nelson Rockefeller
Pete Rose
John Ruskin
Nolan Ryan
Eleanor Roosevelt
Anwar Sadat
Pierre Salinger
Charles Schulz
Robert Schumann
Pablo Picasso
list from: http://www.adult-child-add-adhd.com/categorie...

Since: Oct 08

West Hills, CA

#18 Apr 29, 2009
Barrie Silberberg wrote:
....
Author of: The Autism and ADHD Diet...A Step by Step Guide to Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free GFCF and other Interventions (including TONS of info on Feingold and MORE)
Take your spam somewhere else.
man on the moon

Downey, CA

#19 Apr 29, 2009
Man on the Meth Moon wrote:
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Wow. After reading your pathetic, lameass responses for so long, I finally understand why you spew forth the trash that you do. The man on the moon is a tweaker!
you dumbas i'm a state certified chemical dependency counselor. unlike you i KNOW what i'm talking bout, and i'm 18 years sober. i bet everytime you're on here you're drunk.
Big Pharma is watching

Newbury Park, CA

#20 Apr 29, 2009
Study on Ritalin causing brain damage .
.(Rockefeller University)
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/0902041...
CJH

Los Angeles, CA

#22 Apr 29, 2009
Ask your pharmacist wrote:
Only lazy parents too afraid to discipline their children drug them. It's an easy way out. Do you know why 40 years ago there was no such thing as ADD, ADHD, Bipolar, etc.? Because back then, parents parented their children. They didn't flop them in front of the TV or computer and let society raise them. Changing the chemicals in the brain because someone is too busy trying to make a name for themselves in the career world is child abuse in a bottle.
You are so right! When I acted up, a backhand from my dad was the pill I got. Do that now and people call 911! Today's society wants a pill for EVERYTHING. I dont have time to exercise (but I have time to over eat), dont you have a pill to help me lose weight? Medicate today, screw the future.
CJH

Los Angeles, CA

#23 Apr 29, 2009
Barrie Silberberg wrote:
This article is appalling!!! We should NOT be drugging our children! These drugs HEAVILY damge our children!! The side effects are horrific and LONG Term!!!
Where is the test about changing diet?? Removing dyes, preservatives, MSG, Aspartame, nitrites, other chemicals and toxins?!?!?!?!?! Where is the data about Certain foods that can cause focus issues and fidgeting issues in children........Where is the information about www.feingold.org that is SAVING our children from a life of DRUG ABUSE....
Here is a survey showing the effects of dyes in children...Dyes like Red #40, Yellow #5, Blue and more......THIS is what is damaging and hurting out children.. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/ADHD-A...
PARENTS you HAVE to wake up!!!!
Author of: The Autism and ADHD Diet...A Step by Step Guide to Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free GFCF and other Interventions (including TONS of info on Feingold and MORE)
Oh, Please. I grew up in the 60's and 70's. We had lead paint and asbestos too. If dyes and dirty looks are going to kill you, maybe you should have given up a long time ago? Let your kids eat dirt and chalk and paste! Thats what builds their immune system. Let them be KIDS! Everyone worries about whats slowly killing them. Stop worrying and start living! No one is getting out alive!
Party of Yes

Corning, CA

#24 Apr 29, 2009
Ask your pharmacist wrote:
Only lazy parents too afraid to discipline their children drug them. It's an easy way out. Do you know why 40 years ago there was no such thing as ADD, ADHD, Bipolar, etc.? Because back then, parents parented their children. They didn't flop them in front of the TV or computer and let society raise them. Changing the chemicals in the brain because someone is too busy trying to make a name for themselves in the career world is child abuse in a bottle.
Are you for real!!? 40 years ago, kids with ADD were called day dreamers. And those who were ADHD were overactive and regularly sent to the principles office for discipline. Ritalin has been around for over 50 years. You are an uneducated boob who should not be allowed to post when you do not know what yo are talking about.
Party of Yes

Corning, CA

#25 Apr 29, 2009
Ask your pharmacist wrote:
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I'm a pharmacist. What are your qualifications? Experience?
I am 46 and have been diagnosed with ADD. So does my sixteen year old daughter, my 17 year old nephew, and my brother. I think I am definitely more qualified than you. My daughters grades went from D's to A's. Focus is a wonderful thing. To be able to stay on track is also a wonderful thing. She eats, sleeps, and behaves like any other 16 year old girl. No personality issues with her. And she feels better about herself. so do not tell me that it is bad to medicate, or that it is because of bad parenting. It is enough to know that I was the one who passed it to her. Which was beyond my control. For someone like you to say that it is bad parenting is appalling! mind your own damn business!
CJH

Los Angeles, CA

#26 Apr 29, 2009
Party of Yes wrote:
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I am 46 and have been diagnosed with ADD. So does my sixteen year old daughter, my 17 year old nephew, and my brother. I think I am definitely more qualified than you. My daughters grades went from D's to A's. Focus is a wonderful thing. To be able to stay on track is also a wonderful thing. She eats, sleeps, and behaves like any other 16 year old girl. No personality issues with her. And she feels better about herself. so do not tell me that it is bad to medicate, or that it is because of bad parenting. It is enough to know that I was the one who passed it to her. Which was beyond my control. For someone like you to say that it is bad parenting is appalling! mind your own damn business!
YET, YOU managed to survive and reproduce without medication. How is this possible? DETERMINATION! NOT medication.

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