Club Owner / Manager
- Jan 4, 2008
Keep in mind, many doctors are hesitant to toss around meds - especially stimulants!! - to depress the potential for dependency or escalation (that is, turning to new drugs to mimic or increase the desired affect). Perhaps the percieved problem is greater than the actual problem, and the doctor is being cautious for that purpose.
There is a lot of controversy in the media about "stimulants" but the reality is quite different. Stimulants have been used to treat behavior disorders since the 1930's, back then they didn't know what ADHD was but they did recognize the condition was effectively treated by stimulants. Riltalin has been used to treat behavior disorders and hyperactivity since the 1950's. Because these medications are primarily used to treat children they are in fact one of the most studied medications available today, They are very safe there are many people today who have been treated with stimulants their whole lives and there are no long term side effects being seen.
Also it is a myth that stimulants are addictive in ADHD. Kids, teens and adults who get addicted to drugs are addicted to the effects of the drugs, it gives them a high and takes them away from reality. For a child with ADHD stimulants calm them down and brings them back to reality.