ADHD can cost adults 20 or more workdays a year

When 'Fidgety Philip' grows up, the problems of attention deficit disorder can multiply into loss of nearly a month's work per year. Read more
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Old Man Charlie

Mundelein, IL

#1 May 27, 2008
Pay attention !!! How hard can that be??? Nuns used to rap the knuckles of ANYONE who wasn't paying attention. Brought instant concentration and cooperation. Today they just drug the kids.

“Ignorance=Devil' s Advocate”

Since: May 08

United States

#2 May 27, 2008
Ritalin for everyone!!
J/K, but seriously.....I've known several parents whose children had "ADHD" and got prescibed drugs such as Ritalin and didn't take it. Why? Because thier parents were crushing it and snorting it themselves!
It disgusts me to think how we complain if kids are obese and watch TV all day long yet if there extremely hyperactive (symptom of ADHD), we won't throw them outside to play it off!!
What the hell?!
Rational Man

Champaign, IL

#3 May 27, 2008
Though I am sure there are some kids that need Ritalin, I doubt it is even close to the number for which it is prescribed.

ADHD seems to be the catchall used now for parents that can't raise their children with a little discipline and respect.

What little boy isn't hyperactive? It's almost the definition of being a little boy. But hey, don't take the time to teach your child to behave -- after all, he might not like you! Instead, chaulk it up to ADHD and drug the little one. Then it isn't your fault.....

It's sad to see so many children so poorly taught, and then drugged. Makes me wonder about what their problems will be as they grow. If they never were taught proper behavior, of course they will have problems later. And you can call is Adult ADHD, but all it really is is bad parenting.
Save the vegetables

Scranton, PA

#4 May 27, 2008
ADHD, another made up diagnosis by the corrupt psychiatry industry and promulgated by feminists. The feminists new three Rs – repression, re-education and Ritalin all with the intent of creating an androgynous society.

“Does it really Matter”

Since: May 07

Sunnyville USA

#5 May 27, 2008
I agree, parents use every EXCUSE for their kids instead of discipline.
I am certain kids & adults have it but not as many as they claim.
M-O-R

Palmerton, PA

#6 May 27, 2008
Old Man Charlie wrote:
Pay attention !!! How hard can that be??? Nuns used to rap the knuckles of ANYONE who wasn't paying attention.
Did you walk to school in a foot of snow, uphill, bothways?
ENOUGH

Firebaugh, CA

#7 May 28, 2008
I have noticed people using ADHD as an excuse as to why they can't work, do their school work.. society has given them permission to take drugs since they were children- RITALIN.. and it branches from there.. when they live home, they seek further drugs.. usually street drugs.. starting with a little alcohol a little marijuana.. more drugs... now they can continue getting SSI and prescription marijuana cause they have ADD/ADHD.. oh wait.. the newest... bipolar... well, everyone is diagnosed with one or the other.. take your pick.. the government will pay you to on drugs!

Since: Feb 08

Allentown

#8 May 28, 2008
This whole thing is a conspiracy by big Pharma to prescribe these unsafe drugs and increase profits.
Mom

Allentown, PA

#9 May 28, 2008
I would gladly let anyone of you who think it is all a joke to walk a mile in the shoes of a parent who has a child with ADHD. I have two children, high school students, one of them has been in the Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and has been accepted into Wilkes University for this coming Fall. My other one, has ADHD and struggles every day with it. Don't be so quick to blame bad parenting. You have no idea. It is way more than being hyper or having bad behavior. My daughter does not have bad behavior, attends school every day, has never been in trouble at school with other students or teachers, has never spent one hour in detention or has been suspended. However, she has continual trouble with concentration, following along and not being easily distracted, homework is a huge chore. My husband and I still spend one hour every night with her helping her study and re checking homework. Her grades are average, which is really discouraging for her with how hard she actually works for them. She is on a low dose of Concerta because I do not want to medicate her because of unknown side effects that could display themselves in years to come. This is a problem that we deal with as a family, all of us. Please, unless you live with a person with ADHD, you have no idea what it all entails and it isn't always a case of bad parenting or snorting the kids medicine.
Sigmund Fraud

Chico, CA

#10 May 28, 2008
Here's a nice little video about ADHD and the DSM

http://tinyurl.com/489qqf
Sigmund Fraud

Chico, CA

#11 May 28, 2008
Do your research Mom. You have been lied too. We all have been lied to.

Take a look at this video about psychiatry. Open your eyes. Do the research. It's all about conformity and control.

http://tinyurl.com/5zgmxr
Save the vegetables

Scranton, PA

#12 May 28, 2008
Yea, right; just keep abdicating yourself of your personal responsibility.

Drug em up to conform, resistance is futile.
Mom wrote:
I would gladly let anyone of you who think it is all a joke to walk a mile in the shoes of a parent who has a child with ADHD. I have two children, high school students, one of them has been in the Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and has been accepted into Wilkes University for this coming Fall. My other one, has ADHD and struggles every day with it. Don't be so quick to blame bad parenting. You have no idea. It is way more than being hyper or having bad behavior. My daughter does not have bad behavior, attends school every day, has never been in trouble at school with other students or teachers, has never spent one hour in detention or has been suspended. However, she has continual trouble with concentration, following along and not being easily distracted, homework is a huge chore. My husband and I still spend one hour every night with her helping her study and re checking homework. Her grades are average, which is really discouraging for her with how hard she actually works for them. She is on a low dose of Concerta because I do not want to medicate her because of unknown side effects that could display themselves in years to come. This is a problem that we deal with as a family, all of us. Please, unless you live with a person with ADHD, you have no idea what it all entails and it isn't always a case of bad parenting or snorting the kids medicine.
LeilaL

Fort Worth, TX

#13 May 28, 2008
Some of you are so quick to blame the parents... what about the schools and daycares part. I had a daycare telling me that my son needed to be placed on drugs when he was three years old. This cause me to miss work at least once a week because they could not control him. Needless to say we did start seeing a therapist and doctor b/c the daycare told us he could not come back until he was on drugs. We ended up in child therapy for 7 months before we made the decision of ADD medicine. By the way---- most doctors will not even consider putting a child on medication until they are 5 years old...
Responsible Adult

Orlando, FL

#14 May 28, 2008
Save the vegetables wrote:
Yea, right; just keep abdicating yourself of your personal responsibility.
Drug em up to conform, resistance is futile.
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Truly, have you no compassion or sense? Would you be the ones who would abolish pain medicine for chronic pain patients because some abuse it? There are adults and children with neurological disorders that do require medication. I am one of them. I was failing in school until Ritalin. It changed my life; I was suddenly able to function like everyone else. I am not certain why so many of you are judgemental and rigid, but let me say that someday as you age, you most likely too, will require a medication to "cure what ails you", and perhaps then, you will understand that everyone who takes a Ritalin, or whatever, actually needs it. Yes there are abusers, but there are alot of actual cases of ADHD and ADD out there. Get off your high horses and thank God you are well.

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#15 May 28, 2008
Mom wrote:
I would gladly let anyone of you who think it is all a joke to walk a mile in the shoes of a parent who has a child with ADHD. My child has ADHD and struggles every day with it.

Please, unless you live with a person with ADHD, you have no idea what it all entails and it isn't always a case of bad parenting or snorting the kids medicine.
It sounds as though you are aware of your child's situation and doing the very best you can to assist your child in finding a way to function in a Society that does not place as much value on ACTIVE kids as on the passive ones.

I'm ADHD, myself. I have THREE hyper kids. The youngest is ADHD and dyslexic. NONE of us are physically able to tolerate the medications, so we've just had to ...get through it. Fortunately, it is not so severe that we can't function.

Once your daughter finds her balance, Dear, I think you will find that she's the best multi-tasker on the block. In another sort of Society, she would have been valued for the swift changes in thought that would have allowed her to keep her Cave fed and safe.

She needs variety in subject and in content within a given subject when presented in school, to help her keep her attention focused.

As an adult, she will likely find herself happier in a job requiring a wider range of activities than are often offered. A job that would leave someone not blessed with ADHD entirely flustered, for the range of demands, might be exactly what she needs and wants.

Don't let the detractors belittle what you and your Family are doing. ADHD *IS* real. Having a parent and family on her side is an invaluable resourse that your daughter is blessed to have!!
Mom

Allentown, PA

#16 May 29, 2008
Save the vegetables wrote:
Yea, right; just keep abdicating yourself of your personal responsibility.
Drug em up to conform, resistance is futile.
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UH, did you not even read my post?? I clearly stated that my daughter is on the lowest dosage possible of medicine, we expect no one to help her, we do that on our own every evening with her homework and studying. I clearly stated that she is not a behavioral problem so I do not see where you think I am unloading any responsiblity as a parent. BTW before you assume anything else, we both work full time, own our home and have our own insurance, we are not taking advantage of any government assisted programs either. I think your parent's didnt' feed you enough vegtables.
Save the vegetables

Scranton, PA

#17 May 29, 2008
Blah, blah, blah; let's create an industry that provides the fuel to abdicate people from their personal responsibility and we'll call it psychiatry. Instead of individuals being held accountable for their actions we'll blame it on some disease that has no clinically derived objective analytical test then we'll prescribe medications to dope them up for easier control and to make it look like we deserve the outrageous $400/hour we'll charge our patients.

Here’s the best part, we'll create a bogus condition called attention deficit syndrome as it will be a huge net that will allow people to dismiss all kinds of things such as being a lousy parent, bad behavior and much, much, more.

Open up lemmings, it is time for your daily dose of mind controlling meds courtesy of the psychiatric industry!
Mom wrote:
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UH, did you not even read my post?? I clearly stated that my daughter is on the lowest dosage possible of medicine, we expect no one to help her, we do that on our own every evening with her homework and studying. I clearly stated that she is not a behavioral problem so I do not see where you think I am unloading any responsiblity as a parent. BTW before you assume anything else, we both work full time, own our home and have our own insurance, we are not taking advantage of any government assisted programs either. I think your parent's didnt' feed you enough vegtables.

“It's Evolution Baby.....”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown Pa

#18 May 29, 2008
I saw an interesting show about ADHD and a possible link to sleep apnea. Does your child snore? If so, you may want to have a sleep study done.

While adults with sleep apnea may feel tired and sluggish all day, the exact opposite can occur in children. They can appear hyped up when in fact they are suffering from a lack of any real, deep sleep.

If your ADHD kid snores, especially if they are overweight, I would look into sleep apnea. St Luke's has an excellent sleep study department.
otownnole

Orlando, FL

#19 May 29, 2008
Save the vegetables wrote:
Blah, blah, blah; let's create an industry that provides the fuel to abdicate people from their personal responsibility and we'll call it psychiatry. Instead of individuals being held accountable for their actions we'll blame it on some disease that has no clinically derived objective analytical test then we'll prescribe medications to dope them up for easier control and to make it look like we deserve the outrageous $400/hour we'll charge our patients.
Here’s the best part, we'll create a bogus condition called attention deficit syndrome as it will be a huge net that will allow people to dismiss all kinds of things such as being a lousy parent, bad behavior and much, much, more.
Open up lemmings, it is time for your daily dose of mind controlling meds courtesy of the psychiatric industry!
<quoted text>
People always seem to look at things differently when they, a family member or close friend has a serious injury or medical condition. Perhaps you will see the light one day, and I am glad you are perfect.
OMNI

Palmerton, PA

#20 May 29, 2008
steve-2304 wrote:
I saw an interesting show about ADHD and a possible link to sleep apnea. Does your child snore? If so, you may want to have a sleep study done.
While adults with sleep apnea may feel tired and sluggish all day, the exact opposite can occur in children. They can appear hyped up when in fact they are suffering from a lack of any real, deep sleep.
If your ADHD kid snores, especially if they are overweight, I would look into sleep apnea. St Luke's has an excellent sleep study department.
Agreed. I have personaly delt with sleep apnea. It's amazing how the body and mind improve when apnea is cured or curbed.

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