ADD / ADHD, ADD / ADHD Treatment, Web/Tech

Why Parents Give Their Kid’s Ritalin

Why do millions of parents give their kids stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall despite the health risks? The simple answer is because many children show an immediate improvement in behaviour when taking they start taking them. To a worried and stressed parent this can seem like a miracle and worth putting up with the drug’s side-effects. The trouble is that the drugs do not treat the underlying causes of ADHD (whatever you believe them to be). The human body also builds up a tolerance to the drugs requiring ever high-doses and it may expose the child to serious problems when they reach adulthood.

My thoughts on this were prompted by a post on My ADD Blog featuring a video made by an parent and his ADHD child, talking about how medication has dramatically helped. Its worth watching in order to understand the appeal of medication. It also touches on the role of parent’s with ADHD and how that effects their children.

Watch the video: Lil’ Renetto… talking about ADHD… and making videos...