Archive for April, 2013

ADHS, The Abuse, The Solution

April 1, 2013

I was saddened by the Morning Joe show, today.  Not surprised, just saddened.  Young people, from high school to college, are dying from the abuse of prescription drugs.  In most cases, it seems, that the drugs were attained legally, either by the young person, or his parent(s).
It seems that the situation is one that could have been avoided, and can be fixed.  The problems are, as I see them, obvious.  And, they must be addressed before the Truth of lost young people becomes routine.
Truth is not anything, except Truth.  The Truth is that parents, not a school board, principal, teacher, are ultimately responsible for the drugs that are ingested by a student, to be more “average”.  
Because a teacher wants a student to be more like the other students, is not a reason to give a child drugs.  It is not clear to me how not being a part of the pack makes a student, a child, a better person.  It seems more likely that it is nothing more than a control tool, for the convenience of the teacher, for the school.  
Let us remember than “being different” is what has created electricity, the I-pad, the telephone, penicillin, and probably all of the inventions of the past 500 years, or maybe 25,000 years.  Being different, being individual, being apart from the others, should not be prescribed out of a child’s psyche.  Dreams should not be quashed by medication.
These are the symptoms of ADHD:  
Careless mistakes/
lack of attention to details
Lack of sustained attention
Poor listener
Failure to follow through on tasks
Poor organization
Avoiding tasks requiring sustained mental effort
Losing things
Easily distracted
Forgetful in daily activities
Show me a teenage boy, or even girl, who is a detail freak, or enjoys listening to the teacher, or is great at finishing their tasks, or is organized, or wants to study for long periods of time, or does not lose things, (we stop losing things as we get older, right?) or cannot be distracted by the slightest thing that is more interesting than school (boy, the list of things more interesting than school is endless, for a teen!).  Were we to go by the medical symptoms of ADHD, there is a greater chance, than not, that most of us would have been a ADHD teen.   
Were we to go by the medical symptoms of ADHD, there is a greater chance, than not, that most of us would have been a ADHD teen.
If you have been told that your child is in need of a prescription drug for ADHD, double-check to confirm it is not the teacher, or the school system, that needs your child to take the medicine, for the convenience of the school system.