ADHD Medication: It’s like Giving Meth To Your Children. This Is What You MUST Know

ADHD Medication: It’s like Giving Meth To Your Children. This Is What You MUST Know

By Anya V via Living Traditionally

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is known as a psychiatric disorder that causes attention deficits, hyperactivity, or impulsiveness which is not appropriate for a person’s age. Did you know that ADD and ADHD are not medical conditions? There is no brain scan or blood test to diagnose ADHD. However, doctors can put any child on a deadly schedule I or II pharmaceutical prescription.

According to Dr. Tasneem Bahtia:

“ADD and ADHD are the result of neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine imbalances. The four main imbalances include high norepineprine and cortisol, dopamine dysfunction, serotonin deficiency, and insulin irregularity. Each of these imbalances are rooted in nutritional deficiencies that with correction, improve symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention. Food allergies and intolerances also contribute to malabsorption of nutrients.”

Controversies surrounding ADHD has been around since 1970. The topics of discussions include concerns about its causes, it’s even existence, its suggested treatment, and using stimulant medications as treatment for children and the criteria that is used to diagnosis ADHD. For a diagnosis of ADHD to be made, symptoms must begin by age 6 to 12 years and continue for more than 6 months.

Other concerns are of possible overdiagnosis, misdiagnosis as ADHD leading to undertreatment of other possible psychiatric disorders. According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, there are concerns regarding increased severity of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in individuals with a history of stimulant use for ADHD in childhood. Stimulants drugs are not approved for children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. Despite this, between 0.51% to 1.23% of children between theses ages are being treated with stimulants in the USA.

The National Institute of Mental Health states that, “under medical supervision, stimulant medications are considered safe”, and so, they recommend stimulants for the treatment of ADHD. Although, on February 9, 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a warning label acknowledging the cardiovascular risks of using a stimulant drug to treat ADHD. I find this so appalling because stimulants are classified as Schedule II controlled substances in the United States.

In a recent interview on MSNBC, drug abuse and addiction expert Carl Hart of Columbia University stated that, “There isn’t much difference between the demonized street drug methamphetamine (also known as meth or crystal meth) and the prescription drug Adderall.”
Stimulants for Treatment Of ADHD

Stimulants that are being prescribed include, but not limited to: Ritalin (methylphenidate), and Adderall (a mixture of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine). Treatments with stimulant drugs are very dangerous.

  • According to scientific research funded by the FDA and the National Institute of Mental Health, drugs such as Ritalin increase the risk of sudden death by five hundred percent among children and teens.
  • Ritalin treatment has many side effects: Abdominal Upset, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and weight loss. Emotional and Behavioral Side Effects, nervousness, excitability, emotional ups and downs, insomnia and dizziness, headaches, irritability, crankiness, crying, emotional sensitivity, muscle tics or twitches and nervous habits.

Ritalin can be addictive in some patients. Withdrawal from this medication causes several effects: Fatigue, depression, disturbed sleep patterns, malnutrition, and cardiovascular complications which can lead to stroke and even death.

  • Adderall prescription have increased from 1.3 million in 1996 to nearly 6 million in 1999. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can be habit-forming.
  • Side effects, including::
    Nervousness, restlessness, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, headache, changes in sex drive or ability, dry mouth, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss.

NIH recommends anyone who experiences any of these symptoms should call their doctor immediately:

Fast or pounding heartbeat, dhortness of breath, chest pain, excessive tiredness, slow or difficult speech, dizziness or faintness, weakness or numbness of an arm or leg, seizures, motor tics or verbal tics, believing things that are not true, feeling unusually suspicious of others, hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist), mania (frenzied or abnormally excited mood), aggressive or hostile behavior, changes in vision or blurred, vision, fever, blistering or peeling skin, rash, hives, itching, swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and hoarseness.

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7 thoughts on “ADHD Medication: It’s like Giving Meth To Your Children. This Is What You MUST Know

  1. Just a comment to Barb. Barb I can understand some of the side effects of having your heart rate jump enough for heart failure and severe anxiety, etc. But Barb. It s-m-o-o-t-h-e-s me out, makes me take my time and also lets me ENJOY things individually instead of being constantly buried beneath other thoughts, ideas, and answers. And I wanted to tell you, my love sister, that last month I weened myself off of ALL my meds even calcium and cholesterol, for 3,4 weeks. This is only me though Barb, but at first it was like my body was stuttering for few days. When it was all out of my system I was blithering. I did not trust myself driving too much to do and watch. I was miserable. Remember I had to run around the house 7 times before going to bed? No, f/I. That’s about when I was swabbing out yer mouth. Barb maybe something better will come around ? Love love you

  2. we are on a medicine that is non narcotic called Intuniv er for kids under 6 , we tried afew others with several side effects, this one seems to be a lot better and it is not a stimulant medicine like he was on,

  3. Here are some of the common side effects associated with Intuniv ER:
    Alopecia (hair loss)
    Asthenia (weakness)
    Bradycardia (low heart rate)
    Confusion
    Increased appetite
    Depression
    Dermatitis
    Diaphoresis (sweating without a physiologic reason)
    Dizziness
    Dyspepsia (indigestion)
    Dysphagia (being unable to swallow)
    Dyspnoea (shortness of breath)
    Hypokinesia
    Hypotension (low blood pressure)
    Impotence
    Insomnia
    Irritability
    Leg cramps
    Lethargy
    Nausea
    Palpitations
    Pruritus (itching)
    Tachycardia (high heart rate)
    Weakness

    These are indications that the drug is damaging the body, not healing it.

  4. Got a woman that I care the world of but ,family & so call Freinds are killing her with this aderole. A D H D medication,don’t know what to do no more, i have to let go of my love for her & god knows I don’t want to but I will land up in jail for doing something stupid, why don’t they take these medicines off maker

  5. U have no idea how ADHD works and the med are not like meth unless u have an ADHD or add child or children u cannot say anything about it so I suggest u get more facts together or have a child or children with it u cannot say nothing about what u don’t know…

  6. I disagree with some of above. I agree schools insist on kids being treated if they cant keep them occupied in class n there are some kids that could manage if kept occupied. But ive seen where doctors over medicate, under medicate, and some medications prescribed which can be even more damaging. A child who benfits from stimulants feels like a good kid doesnt get in trouble as much are more under control n feel alot better about themselves. If thats not happening then the medication isnt right for them. There are children who have the risk of the side effects n then there are children who have the risk of side affects without the medication. I choose the stimulant over some of the other medications out there with my boy at a low dose n refused to give the medication after school n weekends. Only after homeschooling him for k thru 3rd grade. Iam glad i did as he felt better about hisself. A kid needs to be a kid if at all possible n a doctor needs to be a doctor n not medicate children to please teachers. The same with children who have bipolar at a very young age its only detremental to not label them cause that way schools get out of providing services they could really use or other places where they could get help if labeled or so they dont provide the correct type of medication. And parents need to research all available n what is best way to help their children. So its not just the medication that plays a part of being possibly harmful its the schools, doctors n sometimes the parents.

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