Blog posts with a category of ADD/ADHD.
By Michele Bernard, RN
“I regret the analogy and won’t be saying that again.”
—Dr. Ned Hallowell, child psychiatrist and author of best-selling books on ADD-ADHD, who for years told parents that Adderall and other ADD-ADHD stimulants were “Safer than Aspirin.”
The news last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was that nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11
percent of all school-age children have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Those figures represent a mind-boggling 41% increase in the last decade!
ADHD is described by most experts as resulting from abnormal chemical levels in the brain that impair a person’s impulse control and attention skills.
The reason for the increase doesn’t necessarily mean that more kids are ADHD – it’s that they’re being diagnosed that way for a variety of reasons, and none of them are good.
The most obvious reason is reflected in Dr. Hallowell’s mea culpa: Stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall can drastically improve the lives of those with ADHD but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and even psychosis. Continue reading
Issue 2 – Fourth Quarter 2010