Ritalin? peoples reaction

Charlene - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Why do people always look at you with wide eyes when you mention the word. If this is "THE" thing that works?

My son just started grade 1 and it was draining. He ended up sitting right in the front of the class, with a cooking timer because he never seemed to finish his work. It was torture.

I took him to a therapist about this. I then took him to a pediatrition and we started him on Ritalin. The best thing I could have done for him. His confidance levels has improved dramatically. He is now seated in the middle row of the class in between other children and he is one of the first to finish his work, neatly too, I might add.

I never thought that I would see the day that I did not have to tell him to do things continously.

Bliss, without him being zoned out.

It's my son, still being himself. JUST BETTER.

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Jessica - posted on 05/20/2009

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My family has a huge history with ADHD, their are 7 different types of it and some have found ritalin to be a miracle others have chosen to live with it and take no meds. Also any drug will effect people differently, if this is what works for your son now stick with it. I have a 2 1/2 year old that I feel will have ADD I have 3 boys and he is different than the other 2. He is in early intervention and it is very hard for him to pay attention. I would still try to adjust the diet.

Shameron - posted on 05/20/2009

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I honestly think that most people have a problem with ritalin for the reasons stated by many others here. Misdiagnosis. Too many children are lumped these days into the category of ADHD just because they are hyper. This however does not mean that ADHD does not exist and that ritalin does not have it's uses.

I myself have a small problem with it. Normally when a parent tells me they are getting their children put on ritalin (and it's a good friend of mine, I would never say this to a stranger as plainly it's none of my business) I will ask if they have tried everything else. I will also advise them to change diet and activities before they commit to a medical solution for something that could be fixed with home life changes.

Lot's of parents will sit their children in front of televisions or confine little ones to their rooms and wonder why they can't sit still and are all over the place. This is the type of thing I have a problem with. To change the chemical balance in your child's head because you don't want to invest the time with them that it takes to get their energy out, seems a bit abusive to me. These are long term effects as they change the seratonin and melatonin levels and can eventually lead to anxiety disorders and chemical depression later on if misdiagnosed.

None of this was directed at you seeing as I dont know you and I dont know your story (just want to get that out there and not offend) These are just my thoughts on the matter.

Jamie - posted on 05/20/2009

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Quoting Jenni:

It is misdiagnosed, but should we get rid of ritalin completely and force the kids who do have it to suffer? I think it's okay, if it is properly used. It's just like any other medicine, don't take it if you don't need it, but sometimes, it is necessary.
As for Jamie, you are entitled to your opinion. But, it doesn't give you the right to harass and interrogate someone over it. You were rude and condescending. You don't know her full situation, and if she chooses not to share it with you, I would not blame her. You stepped out of your place. This site is for conversation, advise, and connecting with others, not for attacking people for their decisions, or for things which may be beyond their control.



I wasnt directing it towards the poster. I was stating in general. I just think many people jump to a medicine instead of trying other things. My poor stepson has horrible allergies and asthma. Do you think that stops his mom from owning 2 cats and smoking, and her house is filthy. No, instead he does breathing treatments, pills, and an inhaler. Now when my SS comes to my house he has no breathing issues and just takes his allergy medicine (even though I think he could go without it). So maybe the poster did try everything else but there are so many people that just say, "oh give him the pill it works and I dont have to be bothered with anything else" And as rude as my post may have sounded I did offer advice, fish oil, dyes in foods. most people dont realize that there are other things that can help. Heck fish oil is great even for healthy kids. I think a healthy body produces a healthy mind.

Mel - posted on 05/20/2009

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i think people look at you this way because they naturally assume things they shouldnt as alot of the time kids use this drugs in ways they shouldnt. i tried a couple once to see if they would help me concentrate in school, they just made me very alert. my cousins 14 year old foster daughter got caught selling them at school last week and has been getting some major punishment at home

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We do what is best for our children they are all different and have different needs.I am glad the medicine is working,and closely monitored and a good relationship with your doctor,puts you in a safe zone.If it starts to look like the medicine isn't what your child needs explore other options,until then be calm and secure with your decision you and your doctor know the child best.

Jenni - posted on 05/19/2009

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It is misdiagnosed, but should we get rid of ritalin completely and force the kids who do have it to suffer? I think it's okay, if it is properly used. It's just like any other medicine, don't take it if you don't need it, but sometimes, it is necessary.
As for Jamie, you are entitled to your opinion. But, it doesn't give you the right to harass and interrogate someone over it. You were rude and condescending. You don't know her full situation, and if she chooses not to share it with you, I would not blame her. You stepped out of your place. This site is for conversation, advise, and connecting with others, not for attacking people for their decisions, or for things which may be beyond their control.

Arwen - posted on 05/19/2009

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Nothing wrong if it works. =) People just hear the bad stories about it not working. ;) My baby brother is ADHD, and we was kicked out of two schools for it.



He's really bright, made A's and B's for the most part. He was just wild. After he was on ritalin, he was the best behaved child in there, also had the worse grades and his growth was stunted from the meds. After a year of angelic behavior, D's and F's, and the being shortest child in class, my parents took him off. He grew a foot in under 6 months, and all of the sudden he was smart again. There's just that pesky law about teachers having the right to an orderly classroom...



When I was a kid, I didn't know they could have tried different medication. I wonder if my parents knew back then. It might have been a lot nicer all around if they were aware of that.

Amanda - posted on 05/19/2009

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I personally don't like Ritilan. My brother and a few of my cousins were on it and for my cousins it didn't do anything but screw them up and my brother has major anger problems that he didn't have before he was on it. Not to mention the fact that it gave them all a significant weight gain. They all have ended up over weight.

Durell - posted on 05/19/2009

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i find no problem with the drug... i wasnt on tht drug but was on a drug when i was lil for the same thing.. as long as it helps is all tht matters

Jamie - posted on 05/19/2009

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Did you exhaust every avenue possible before starting meds? Did you adjust his diet? Did you try supplements? Im not a fan of Ritilan. There are reason kids these days have ADD and ADHD, and rather then adjust our life styles people choose to just give their kids meds. Why because its easier to just give a kid a pill then to watch his diet or get him into other activities. Have you tried fish oil? have you tried not feeding him food without red and blue dies. My bother supposedlt had ADHD, my mom quit giving him food with red dye in and he was perfectly fine. So I think its not right to pump kids full of a med they dont need if its something as easy as a change of diet.

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2009

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I agree with Julie. I think Ritalin has such a bad name for 2 reasons. Her reason - its very overused. and 2 because its typically what people 'run' to when they notice a less-than-tenative child. Most children don't need medical intervention to help them focus. There are a lot of ways to help them naturally. Sometimes its as simple as they don't find whatever they are doing to be entertaining enough to stimulate thier brains. Sometimes its that they are needing some time to run off energy before they can concentrate.

But, if all else fails, and Ritalin works, then that's great.

My ex-boyfreind from highschool had been on Ritalin for a year or so as a kid after being disgnosed with ADD, but it made him into a zombie. He was tierd a lot, and only did his work because he felt like he couldn't 'imagine' things anymore (using his description)... anyways I think ritalin is fine, as long as it is a last result, and it works WELL for the kid.

Julie - posted on 05/19/2009

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I think it is great that you found what worked for your son. I think people's reaction come because Ritalin has been so overused. I majored in psychology in college, and a topic of discussion a lot of the times was the overdiagnosis of things like ADHD. However, just because it is often diagnosed when it's not there, doesn't mean that it isn't still a correct diagnosis for some children.

Abby - posted on 05/19/2009

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im really glad it has worked for your son! there's nothing wrong with it if it has the desired affect!

glad he's doing well! bet ur really proud of him x

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