ADHD In Teens

7 Apr

This subject has been on my mind for some time and I have to admit I am torn about exactly where my opinion falls. I guess you would have to say the subject is complex and there are no easy answers. First of all, I hope no one gets offended by this post, I know there are some children who truly suffer from this condition and severely enough that medication is justified. But many times this condition is over diagnosed for a rambunctious and unruly child whose only real problem is lack of proper parenting and training. Back in my day (50 years ago) a good butt-whipping and close supervision by a caring adult would cure this condition most of the time. I think these drugs are way too likely to have undesirable side effects to just prescribe them willy-nilly, and could cause serious side effects in later years. I saw a spot on NBC news last night which led me to this article.NBC News: Children’s Health; ADHD. I will post some excerpts below, but I urge you to follow the link and read the entire article.

The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.

Really? A 53% increase in diagnosis? There have to be other factors at work here.

Rates by state are less precise but vary widely. Southern states, like Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, showed about 23 percent of school-age boys receiving an A.D.H.D. diagnosis. The rates in Colorado and Nevada were less than 10 percent.

I recently spoke to a school teacher from Arkansas and now we begin to see a pattern here. Do you remember back to the Clinton years and the great Ballyhoo about reforming Welfare and getting people off of Welfare? Well, most of these people didn’t want to be off of Welfare, it was a way of life for them. So they (bleeding heart liberals) devised a way to get money to these families for the good of the children. Any child diagnosed with ADHD could receive a check each month, so many times the children are actively encouraged by the parent to act-out and not do well in school so they can get the Government check. They even have a name for this assistance, “crazy checks”. So the family is able to keep receiving Government assistance and the Government is able to crow about keeping people off of Welfare.

“There’s no way that one in five high-school boys has A.D.H.D.,” said James Swanson, a professor of psychiatry at Florida International University and one of the primary A.D.H.D. researchers in the last 20 years. “If we start treating children who do not have the disorder with stimulants, a certain percentage are going to have problems that are predictable — some of them are going to end up with abuse and dependence. And with all those pills around, how much of that actually goes to friends? Some studies have said it’s about 30 percent.”

Just read this excerpt for another article I researched and I think the dangers become more clear.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil are so linked to violence that they were given the FDA’s highest warning, a black box, in 2004 for the suicidal risks they can create in young adults.

According to published reports, the gunmen involved in the mass shootings at Columbine High School, Red Lake reservation, Northern Illinois University, and Virginia Tech were under the influence of psychiatric drugs or withdrawing from such drugs.

I agree there can not be that many boys with ADHD. When you look at the side effects of these drugs, are they something we want to be prescribing needlessly? And as far as the pills going somewhere else, in some cases the pills are sent to the school to be administered at the school to be sure the children receive them. Otherwise, the pills get sold or used by the parents themselves for recreational use. I think this is just another Government program run amuck and it needs to be looked at by someone before it gets anymore out of control. And another reason to stop this program, the money is coming out of the Social Security Disability fund so that is going to drive SS into insolvency much faster. The jerks in Washington just can’t stand to see the money  in the SS fund sitting there waiting as it should be, not when they could be spending it and buying votes! Just something to think about.

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6 Responses to “ADHD In Teens”

  1. pioneer Preppy April 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Oh there are plenty of programs out there to promote this attack on our young men but these programs are not the source. The source is far more diabolical than welfare families and money. This is another aspect of the war on men by Feminist and our young boys that are imprisoned in public schools are in the heart of the beast every day. These Feminist that have seized control of the education system do not want thinking, aware boys that will eventually become men they want lobotomized zombie boys to be raised into meek men that the feminist do not need to ever fear.

    The education system and the Feminist government are promoting the drugging and constant institutionalization of our young boys and they have been for years. The slightest male-like behavior by a boy and the schools immediately demand mental evaluation and then require the drugs or the boys are not allowed to attend school. Of course if the boys don’t attend school they are taken away from the parents and drugged anyway. The welfare payout to the families is simply to sweeten the deal and bribe the families into compliance.

    I am not exaggerating on this. Even those teachers who or not officially on board with this are now convinced they cannot teach unless all the boys are drugged. Of course once the boys are drugged they cannot see how the entire profession and manner of teaching has been twisted away from learning paths that boys traditionally respond better to.

  2. thatoldschoolgirl April 8, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    When I was a cub scout leader, my whole group was boys with ADD or ADHD, 20 years ago.

    I was a teacher for kids with “special needs”, 30 years ago.

    Like my father, I specialized in dealing with “difficult” boys. In that 10 year window I saw a huge change in the children. I think part of it was how they were raised/or not raised, part of it was diet, part of it was lack of guidance. Out of all the boys, only one I think should have been on meds but I also think ADD or ADHD was not his only issue. (he threw a chair at me)

    50 years ago a good butt-whipping and close supervision by a caring adult would cure this condition most of the time – I agree and I think its the lack of close supervision by a caring adult that is the main reason for all the problems

    • doublebhomestead April 9, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Sounds like we have about the same opinion on this, I’m glad to know I’m not completely out in left field.

  3. Rae April 8, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    And the whole lousy system leads to that wonder of wonders, “generational welfare”. Where parents teach their children how easy it is to live off the government. *shudder*

    They tried to diagnose my youngest brother with ADD (as it was called then), and mom didn’t jump on the bandwagon. What helped with him was just a little extra exercise. A couple times a day, one of the 8th graders (this was a small k-8 country school) would go get D from class and take him on a 5 min run/exercise around the football field. Burned off enough of his extra energy that he could concentrate.

    Problem is, most kids are pumped full of refined carbs and junk food, and don’t exercise at all. Add in poor/no parenting, and a nearly complete lack of consequences for their actions, and things rapidly go to… Well, you know where I’m goin with that.

    I don’t have kids (yet), but I think about homeschooling all the time.

    • doublebhomestead April 9, 2013 at 8:45 am #

      Home schooling is definitely the way to go if there is any way possible. Children will be indoctrinated by the liberals in the public school system and you have no way to fight it. They can get away with almost anything and they have the power of the liberal court system to back them up.

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