Dangerous Drugs for-ADD/ADHD

Attention Deficite Disorder and Learning Disabilities

Attention Deficite Disorder and Learning Disabilities
Be Careful What You Give Your Children
Angel Femia

For a few years now there has been an argument going on between The Parents, Holistic Healers and many other supporters against the Psychiatric and Educational Institutions of The United States regarding using drugs on children whom have been diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, {Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder}.

Personally being a person inflicted with ADHD, I found no drug in the world that could cure this illness or even help control it in any way. The mind keeps producing thoughts no matter how drugged out we are. The drugs only suppress, distort and weaken the patient.

There are many testimonials from doctors working with ADD and ADHD patients that say there is no evidence that drugs help ADD or ADHD, as there are no proven facts that there is any chemical imbalance.

Director February 4, 2000

...What this means, as you, I, and Dr. Castellanos understand with perfect clarity -- even if the public remains confused and deceived on this point is that not a single one of the 5-6 million children in the US labeled "ADHD" bears objective evidence of a physical or chemical abnormality establishing that they are diseased—other than normal. And, "No!" it is not O.K. to drug children because you believe they will be proved at some time in the future to have a disease.

Nothing has changed since 1998! Nothing has changed since 1980; when ADD was invented for inclusion in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-III!

[DSM-III, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 3]

I was given these drugs at the age of twelve and was an addict to these and many other prescribed drugs until I was twenty-six. {Almost one and one-half decades}. I began to realize, with help from a loyal friend {even after my doctors continually told me I was not addicted to any of the medicines they were giving me}, that I was an very heavy prescribed drug addict and quite taking all drugs entirely. It was almost a year before I could truly function again {after coming down I found I was still thinking in the headspace of a twelve-year old child}. By that I mean feel, eat drink, walk down the street. I was unable to really communicate with others for many years afterwards. These drugs had reduced my thinking to forms of lifelessness, suicidal, self-loathing, resentful, and much more negativity.

It has taken a great deal of work to correct even the slightest damage done to my brain due to taking these medicines and I still had to deal with the proper reason for myself being inflected with ADD or ADHD.

I found as many others that as opposed to taking any drugs to help heal or control ADHD or AD, dealing with our childhood abuse issues is the honest, natural way to learn to control ADD or ADHD. We need to get this message to all.

Below is the Criteria for ADHD:

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

The following diagnostic criteria for ADHD are specified in the DSM-IV

(American Psychiatric Association, 1994):

1. Six (or more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:

a) often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities

b) often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities

c) often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

d) often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)

e) often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

f) often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)

g) often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books or tools)

h) is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli) is often forgetful in daily activities

2. Six (or more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level: Hyperactivity:

a) often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

b) often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected

c) often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)

d) often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

e) is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor"

f) often talks excessively Impulsivity :

g) often blurts out answers before questions have been completed

h) often has difficulty awaiting turn

i) often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

In some of the schools it is many times up to the teachers and school guidance departments to send the child to see to it that the parents of the child takes the child to their doctor for testing for these illnesses. If the child a is found to be burdened with either of the illnesses the medical drugs used to control such an illness, are prescribed and if the parents do not play along and do what is asked the child is not aloud to remain in school and parents are disciplined accordingly.

One of the most prominent is Ritalin. The side effects from these drugs {along with the facts proven that many children whom have taken Ritalin have become addicted to the substance and remain addicts to some drug for the rest of their lives}, are dreadfully horrid.

Many are listed below:

Can Med Assoc J 1967 Nov 4;97(19):1166-7
And many well-known institutions and Doctors.

Following is a list of side effects from stimulant drugs. This list is from a medical literature search for the years 1966-2000. At the conclusion is a list of references. Ritalin is a very powerful stimulant drug.

Andrew Prough, Researcher, Austin, Texas.
1 Tics and Compulsive Symptoms1
2 Stroke2
3 Death3
4 Psychosis4
5 Tachycardia5
6 16% of Students with Ritalin asked to Sell for Abuse (strictly speaking not a side effect but a problem nonetheless)6
7 Severe Nausea, Vomiting and Dehydration with Anesthetic agents7
8 Sudden Death8
9 Liver failure9
10 Confusion, agitation, poor concentration, rigidity, myoclonus, Involuntary movements, orthostatic hpyotension, and hyperreflexia [called Serotonin Syndrome]10
11 Lesions of the Myocardium11
12 Reduced Calcium to Magnesium Level12
13 Tics or dyskinesias in 9% of users13
14 Paroxysmal Kinesigenic Dystonia14
15 Nausea, Dry Mouth, Tremor, Vomiting, Headaches, Other Aches, Refusal of Food, Feeling Tired15
16 Symptoms of ADHD are common side effects of methylphenidate16
17 Cognitive Perseveration [robotic mental processes]17
18 Suppression of Height and Weight18
19 Pupil Dilation19
20 Drug Abuse of Ritalin20
21 Motor Tics and Severe Social Withdrawal Among Mentally Retarded21
22 Decreased Appetite, Insomnia, Stomachache, Headache, Staring, Sadness and Anxiety22
23 Tics and Perseveration in 76%23
24 Significant Increase in Diastolic Blood Pressure24
25 Suppression of Height and Weight25
26 Information Processing Dysfunction26
27 Tics27
28 Increased Resting Heart Rate28
29 Mania29
30 Severe Cognitive and Severe Mood Deterioration30
31 Cerebral Atrophy31
32 Tics32
33 Akinesia and Mutism33
34 Dyskinesia34
35 Hallucination35
36 Anorexia, Insomnia, Stomach Pains, Growth Suppression and Weight Loss36
37 Height Suppression and Weight Suppression37
38 Tourette’s Syndrome38
39 Anorexia, Insomnia, Stomach Pains and Weight Loss39
40 Perseveration40
41 Toxic Hallucinosis41
42 Chorea42
43 Exacerbation of Tourette Syndrome43
44 Dystonia and Dyskinesia44
45 Tourette Syndrome45
46 Somnambulism46
47 Choreoathetosis47
48 Weight Loss48
49 Flaking Skin49
50 Ventricular Tachycardia

Before you allow any doctor to put your child or anyone you love on medicines of any kind for emotional illness please know the facts. You could be sending your loved on to a life of pure hell without meaning to.

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