Attention deficit disorder treatment
ADD Facts and Statistics
For a term that was hardly known before the 1960's, learning disability has come to include everything from unexplained behavior patterns to clinical autism and everything in between. Learning disabilities have emerged as one of the most wide-ranging medical problems of children who live in developed countries where communicable disease is no longer a major threat.
Frequently, children with ADD/ADHD characteristics also have emotional instability. They display outbursts ranging from excitement to extreme anger, and are an enormous challenge for parents and educators who are not equipped to handle such situations. In distress, parents seek the advice of family physicians. The doctor, because of a lack of expertise in this field, frequently prescribes drugs in an attempt to corral the explosive behavior and decrease the learning handicap.
This disorder is reported to affect from 5-20% of school-age children. and over 2 million American children (mostly boys) take the drug Ritalin.
This disorder has been reported to affect up to 20% of school-age children, but a conservative 5% figure is more widely accepted since the study that published that figure followed "improved diagnostic criteria." Boys show a 10 times higher incidence of ADD/ADHD than do girls. The drug "Ritalin " is the most common medical treatment with over 2 million American children (mostly boys) taking the drug. "Ritalin" prescriptions to children are controversial and the possible dangerous side effects are hotly debated.
The following excerpt from the Physician's Desk Reference makes it easy to see why Ritalin is so controversial:
RITALIN DRUG WARNINGS: "Sufficient data on safety and efficacy of long-term use (greater than 24
months) of Ritalin in children are not yet available. suppression of growth (ie weight gain, and/or height) has been reported with the long-term use of stimulants in children. Therefore, patients requiring long-term therapy should be carefully monitored."
The frequency of just "accepting the drug Ritalin as a solution for children" is alarming for the following reasons:
- Adults are making a decision and a choice that will affect each day of a child's life. A "choice" for the child to take a drug that has severe adverse reactions associated to it (click here to read details on contraindications, precautions, and adverse reactions).