Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by impulsiveness, attention deficits, or hyperactivity. All these symptoms aren’t appropriate for a person’s age. In fact, ADHD and ADD aren’t medical conditions. Although there is no blood test or brain scan to diagnose ADHD, doctors often put a large number of children on a schedule II or I pharmaceutical prescription.
What Are ADHD and ADD?
ADHD and ADD are triggered by neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter imbalances. In addition, the 4 major imbalances include serotonin deficiency, high cortisol and norepineprine, insulin irregularity and dopamine dysfunction. All these imbalances may be triggered by nutritional deficiencies. This means that you can relieve the symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity by reversing the deficiency. What’s more, food intolerances and allergies also lead to nutrient malabsorption.
Additionally, symptoms have to start by age six to twelve years and continue for more than half a year for an ADHD diagnosis to be made.
The American Journal of Psychiatry states that people who took stimulant medications to treat ADHD in their childhood are at a higher risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Children between the ages of two and six years shouldn’t receive stimulant medications. However, up to 1.24 percent of children between theses ages are being treated with stimulant medications in the U.S. alone.
In 2006, the FDA recommended a warning label acknowledging the negative effects of taking stimulant medications to fight ADHD on cardiovascular health. Moreover, these medications are also classified as Schedule II controlled substances in the U.S.
Carl Hart, a drug addiction and abuse expert of Columbia University emphasized that the demonized street drug called methamphetamine (also referred to as crystal meth) is similar to the prescription medication known as Adderall.
Here Is Why You Should NOT Give Your Child ADHD Drugs:
Stimulant medications used to fight ADHD include: methylphenidate (Ritalin), and a mix of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall). It is important to understand that stimulant medication treatments have adverse effects on human health.
Furthermore, the National Institute of Mental Health and the FDA funded scientific research suggesting that medications, including Ritalin could raise the possibility of sudden death by 500% among adolescents and children.
Treatment with Ritalin comes with various side effects, including loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, abdominal upset, weight loss and stomach pain. Other side effects include emotional sensitivity, headaches, excitability, dizziness, crying, crankiness, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, muscle twitches or tics, and more.
This medication can be addictive in many patients, so that the withdrawal can result in the following effects: malnutrition, sleep problems, depression, fatigue, and cardiovascular problems.
That’s not all, Adderall is another stimulant medication used to fight ADHD. Like Ritalin, this medication can also be addictive in many patients.
Treatment with Adderall comes with the following side effects: headaches, dry mouth, restlessness, nervousness, weight loss, vomiting, nausea, sleep problems, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, changes in sex ability or drive, uncontrollable shaking of a certain body part, and more.
Those who experience any of the following symptoms need to visit their doctor:
Chest pain; faintness or dizziness; pounding or fast heartbeat; hoarseness; fever; shortness of breath; blurred vision; feeling unusually suspicious of others; difficulty swallowing or breathing; severe tiredness; difficult or slow speech; mania; peeling or blistering skin; itching; hives, rash; numbness or weakness of a leg or arm; hallucinating; seizures; hostile or aggressive behaviour; and swelling of the tongue, throat, face or eyes.
- Saul, Richard. ˮADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorderˮ;
- Wedge, Marilyn. ˮA Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemicˮ;