A.D.H.D.~ Learning2Live ☼ The ADHD Alternatives Learning2Live® Program offers an in-depth understanding of ADHD, potential consequences of amphetamine therapy, and provides safe, healthy alternatives. Our goal is to Empower & Educate.
The ADHD Alternatives Learning2Live® Program offers an in-depth understanding of ADHD, potential consequences of amphetamine therapy, and provides safe, healthy alternatives. Our goal is to Empower & Educate.
"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves." ~ Carl Gustav Jung
Diagnosis of ADHD is increasing rapidly and there is no consistent agreement on what causes ADHD or even if it is a legitimate disorder (Martel, Goth-Owens, Martinez-Torteya, & Nigg, 2010).
There appears to be a gap in research demonstrating any consistent agreement on what causes ADHD or if it should be classified as a mental health disorder or merely a temperament trait.
There is also a growing body of evidence linking processed foods, food dyes, and chemical additives prevalent in our Western diet to behavior and central nervous system disorders associated with food allergies. If diet and food directly correlate to behavior problems, particularly in a more sensitive child, it makes sense to assess the reason and cause of a behavior. Risk factors are not being appropriately addressed. There is conflicting evidence to support the use of pharmaceutical intervention.
Child development research demonstrates that behaviors associated with ADHD gradually decrease over the span of childhood (Malone, Van Eck, Flory, & Lamis, 2010). If hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms gradually decrease across childhood into adolescence as Malone et al., (2010) demonstrated, then offering healthier alternatives to prescription medication, may be preferred, especially in young populations.
The high incidence of ADHD diagnosis and subsequent prescription of amphetamine therapy appears to be prevalent in Westernized nations such as the United States. To date, the United States consumes 80% of the world's Methylphenidate (MPH), Ritalin, and out ranks every other country in the world. Behaviors categorized as abnormal in this country, are considered developmentally appropriate in other cultures (Singh, 2008).
Methylphenidate (MPH), Ritalin, amphetamines, and psychotropic drugs are being prescribed to millions of children at alarming rates. However, early Ritalin use and its long term consequences is not usually discussed before prescribing. Are these potent medications necessary? Would a cup of caffeinated coffee offer similar stimulant benefits without the potentially harmful effects of Amphetamines? Are we not, also, violating the rights of children too young to refuse medication or possess an awareness of the multitude of possible long term consequences? When alternatives exist, these ethical, moral and social questions beg further discussion.
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