Watching "Changing Paradigms" opened my eyes to a world of education I had never quite explored. Something that really stood out to me was the part about ADHD and medications prescribed for the "disorder". I was a hyperactive, accident prone child and young adult and was heavily medicated by physicians to keep this "problem" under control. My parents started digging deeper for information on Adderall and Rhitalin and other similar medications and quickly took me off of them after finding out information the doctors never told them. Did my grades improve after taking said medications? Nope. Did my attention span improve? Nope. Did I get in trouble less or hurt myself less? Sure didn't. So what's the point? I did some research of my own and found some interesting, if not saddening, information.
Below is an excerpt from a government funded website for health and medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2670101/
Early amphetamine treatment has been linked to slowing in height and weight growth in some children. Because the number of prescriptions for amphetamines has increased several-fold over the past decade, an amphetamine-containing formulation is the most commonly prescribed stimulant in North America, and it is noteworthy that amphetamines are also the most abused prescription medications. Although early treatment does not increase risk for substance abuse, few studies have tracked the compliance and usage profiles of individuals who began amphetamine treatment as adults. Overall, there is concern about risk for slowed growth in young patients who are dosed continuously, and for substance abuse in patients first medicated in late adolescence or adulthood.
I also found this bit to be interesting:
Boys are diagnosed with ADHD 2−4 times as frequently as girls. The frequency of diagnoses increases steeply from age 3 to about age 8, and increases at a slower rate or plateaus through the teen years. In a study of almost 10,000 Australian children taking medicinal stimulants, the highest prevalence of ADHD was 5.5%, and was found in 14 year-old boys 33.
Did we ever consider that it just boys being boys and kids being kids?
The above website helped change my perspective and make me more aware of the drugs doctors prescribe. Always do you own research!
On lighter note, I found this website: http://www.thersa.org/events/video
and was sucked in for hours. Check out http://www.thersa.org/events/video/vision-videos/mark-earls-and-alex-bentley
All pretty interesting. Could spend days on that website....