My son is 7 and has ADHD. At this time, we are still choosing not to medicate. This is a huge source of contention between myself and my parents. I have read and watched about over-medicating and the dangers that may come with medicating, as well as how the interrelationship between the drug companies and the medical community, but the problem is that I don't have the references for some of this. Anyone have some good articles on-hand from as reputable sources as possible that I could provide to my family to provide
them a more broad perspective?
I'm not anti-medication, but I am about a very conservative use of it. My parents otoh are "a pill can fix anything" types.
use google and just type in things like ADHD+medication side effects and other such search terms. yes i use medication as a last resort having had a very bad experience with my son being on a medication in the past-there are so many things that can help adhd-have you really looked at diet and natural supplements?
I think that trying to convince other people of things like this is a waste of time and energy -- they can easily find articles that say the opposite.
My advice is to tell them "I can see how you would feel that way. None the less, this is what I've decided to do." When they keep talking about it, just keep saying the same thing over and over. Don't argue with them. Don't discuss it with them. You don't need their permission or blessing or approval to do what you feel is best for your child.
It doesn't matter what they think.
but everything has pros and cons