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TOPIC: Mind Games: Surprising News About ADHD Medication

Mind Games: Surprising News About ADHD Medication 30 Mar 2014 18:04 #324

Mind Games: Surprising News About ADHD Medication
Posted March 25, 2014 by Donna Wick, Ed.D

My oldest daughter was diagnosed with ADD over 10 years ago, as the result of a comprehensive neuropsychological examination. It took several hours, over several days, and there was no doubt in anyone's mind about the conclusion. But like many parents, we were nervous about the prospect of medication, which was Ritalin. I distinctly remember what her psychiatrist said at the time, because it made me less anxious. He explained that stimulant medication only works if you have ADD/HD. Paradoxically, it provides a person with ADD/HD with enough stimulation to slow down, so she stops looking to the environment for more. He added that if I took Ritalin, far from quieting my brain, it would feel like an amphetamine and make me "miserable and crazy."

Good to know. Not that I was ever tempted, but this effectively eliminated any desire to try Lily's Ritalin.


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