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.
But, did you know that ADD and ADHD are not medical conditions?
There is no brain scan or blood test to diagnose ADHD. Yet, doctors can put any child on a deadly schedule I or II pharmaceutical prescription.
Things you must know before giving your child ADHD medication
According to doctors, ADD and ADHD are the result of neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine imbalances. The 4 main imbalances include high norepinephrine and cortisol, dopamine dysfunction, serotonin deficiency, and insulin irregularity. Each of these imbalances is rooted in nutritional deficiencies that with correction, improve symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention.
Controversies surrounding ADHD has been around since 1970. The subjects 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.
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.
Acording 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 500% 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, on the other hand is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can be habit-forming.
Side effects include 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, shortness 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.