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Facts Your Doctor Won't Tell You about ADHD Medication

Millions of children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are given ADHD medication in order to stop the symptoms.   Doctors say that these stimulant drugs like Ritalin are the best treatment for ADHD because it corrects the neurotransmitter imbalance that causes the disorder in the first place.  What your doctor won't tell you is that medicating your child is the worst way to treat ADHD.  Here are some facts about ADHD medication that your doctor won't tell you.

ADHD medications belong to the same drug family as cocaine

You might have heard of people referring to Ritalin as "kiddie cocaine." It might just sound like slang, but there is some truth to this moniker. ADHD medications are designed to stimulate the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, the brain chemicals responsible for attention, focus, and impulse control.  Methylphenidate is the generic name of ADHD medications, but research shows that methylphenidate shares the same substances as illegal stimulants – cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.   When methylphenidate reaches the central nervous system, the child's short-term attention span improves significantly, but these effects only last several hours. When the drug wears off, the child experiences the same "crash" adults experience when they take cocaine and other stimulants.  This also means that children on Ritalin will eventually experience the same side effects caused by cocaine.

ADHD medications cause side effects that worsen ADHD

Stunted growth, insomnia, and poor appetite are just some of the side effects of ADHD medication.  They don't seem very serious until you put them into perspective.  A number of studies show that nutritional deficiencies account for a number of ADHD symptoms, and poor appetite will only keep your child from obtaining these much-needed nutrients.  Lack of sleep will also affect your child's school work because he or she will be too tired to pay attention in class.  The more serious side effects of ADHD medication include dysphoria, a dramatic change in personality, tic disorders, and psychotic behavior (hallucinations or delusions). Incidentally, these side effects were also observed in adult users of illegal stimulants. Finally, there have been a number of deaths related to ADHD medication, especially among children with underlying heart problems.

ADHD medications stop working with long-term use

Perhaps the risks of ADHD medication would be worth taking if it could really cure ADHD.  However, the benefits of medication only last for several hours. This is why children on medication have to take a pill twice or thrice a day; otherwise, the symptoms will come back.  A more interesting fact about ADHD medication is that it is a poor long-term solution. Studies show that the effects of ADHD medication wear off after three years of daily use. 
Instead of medicating your child, consider using natural remedies and non-medical treatments for ADHD.  Not only are these approaches safer, but their effects will last a lifetime and help your child overcome ADHD for good.