|Originally posted by sha_lyn
Ritalin abuse is caused by an addiction to the drug ... yes folks a schedule II narcotic (schedule II narcotics are the ones considered highly addictive).
What I mean by that is that when you read that ritalin is one of the most widley abused drugs around (though apparantly it isn't anymore. I've heard it's now an over the counter hormone) they're talking about people selling and taking it illegally. As I mentioned in my post, when my own family members took it for various lengths of timeas perscribed
, none of them became addicted. In fact, none of them could even remember to take it on their own. And you don't forget
There are many, many drugs that are abused. Is it the fault of that new pain med. for cancer that it is abused? Should docs. no longer perscribe it because some choose to abuse it?
And I have to say again, why are tourettes and ODC believalble but not ADHD? All can only be diagnosed by a set of symptoms and all involve problems with controlling emotions and impulses.
It is so hard
for the parents of ADHD kids to constantly hear it suggested that we are just lazy or otherwise bad parents. Especially when we've been to four or five doctors and other types of healers to get help for our child. Especially when we become convinced it must be true if eveyone says so- it is our fault. So we try diet and suppliments and behavior mods and most of it doesn't help at all and, in fact, only makes our kids resent us. And if we should use medication- well then, we're "dopeing" them.
I'll tell you this, when I read that list of symptoms for ADHD, I was sure I'd be able to laugh at it. I planned to take it to work so my co-workers and I could laugh at it togethor. Of course kids are fidgety and don't listen. That's just kids. But then I read the list. And it wasn't a list, it was a description of my ds. He didn't just fit some of the list some of the time -with the exception of one trait, that list was him. I couldn't see how all his quirks and his tempermant could be written down by a stranger.
So I get defensive and angery when I see people laughing at that list of symptoms and saying, "What kid doesn't fit these things sometimes" and never
asking " Do some kids fit all these things all the time. If so, why do they? And how much more difficult does this make thier lives?"
And to not live with it every day and then second guess the choices of those of us who do just stinks.