I read something recently that took me back to when our local
school and myself had a disagreement. Because he acted like a
growing boy our youngest was diagnosed with ADHD and given a
prescription. And when he said he didn’t like the medicine I
said I’d look into it.
When I read the side effects and came to ‘can cause heart
problems in later life’ a decision was made. I told the wife
no more and the school the same. The school and one teacher
foretold of the disaster that awaited my actions. It never came.
Jerome Kagan, who is a world-renowned child psychology expert is
ranked 22nd in the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th
century, ahead of even Carl Jung, doesn’t like the term either.
He blames ‘fuzzy diagnostic practices’ and the ‘war against
He claims that 50 years ago a child who was bored in school
disrupted classes would have been called lazy. The same child
today would be diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder). It has been said that 5.4 million kids
today are diagnosed with ADHD. Kagan states every kid who
doesn’t do well in school is sent to a pediatrician who claims
“It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.”
He also claims 90% of those do not have an abnormal dopamine
metabolism yet doctors will make a diagnosis which has an
available drug. He blames Big Pharma. The article is here.
Then I read of a school in Texas that has had success with a
drug free approach to ADHD. I don’t remember where I read it
but the solution was giving the students four 15 minutes breaks
a day, not counting lunch, to go outside to run or just take a
breather. And it seems to be working.
We don’t pretend to know the answer but do know our son went
without the Ritalin and did just fine. Enjoy our Monday as it’s
a nice one here on the east coast of Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.