An article in the New York Times Ritalin Gone Wrong has the ADD community all worked up.
I have a lot I’d like to say about this and will do so in a thoughtful post. In the mean time I came across this blog post Ritalin Gone Wrong? What’s a Parent to Believe? that is a pretty good rebuttal of the NYT article.
The 2 articles together tell me what I have suspected all along: We don’t really understand the brain very well and the best us humans can do is take the knowledge we do have and use our best judgement as parents to do the best for our children and ourselves. There is no perfect solution so do your best, learn everything you can and live your life.
Too many people have a closed mind and don’t really scientifically test the treatments used. They come to possibly false conclusions and form some firm belief about what works and what does not. I urge everyone reading these articles to evaluate everything with a huge grain of salt and use your best judgement for your situation.
A few more rebuttals:
|Hat Tip: Marianne Russo http://thecoffeeklatch.com/|
The New York Times piece “Ritalin Gone Wrong” has caused a frenzy of media attention and strong opinions on both sides. Many parents and clinicians were outraged by the tone of poor parenting as the root cause of many childrens behaviors in the article. Are we going back to the days of “Refrigerator Moms” ? Is poor parenting the cause of neurobiological disorders? Are stimulants overused and being abused? What is the science behind short and long term use of stimulants to treat ADHD? Perpetuating the stigma and quality of life issues will be discussed.
Tonight Dr Charles Parker author of ADHD Medication Rules joins Marianne to discuss the article, the research discussed within it and the debate that has brought out some of the most renowned ADHD experts in the world.
Has Ritalin gone wrong?