Have you ever heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
ADHD is a mental disorder occurring primarily among children. It is characterized by having difficulties on paying attention, hyperactivity or difficulty controlling behavior not appropriate for a person’s age.
But, are you familiar with the fact that ADD and ADHD are not considered as medical conditions?
There is no blood test or brain scan to diagnose ADHD. Regardless of this, doctors can put any child on a pharmaceutical prescription or deadly schedule.
Before giving your child ADHD medication, there are some things you need to know:
Doctors explain that ADD and ADHD occur as a result of neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter imbalances. The major 4 imbalances are dopamine dysfunction, high norepinephrine and cortisol, insulin irregularity, and serotonin deficiency.
The disagreements about ADHD started in 1970. The discussions were about the concerns about its causes, treatment, usage of medications as part of the treatment, and the used criteria for diagnosing ADHD. In order to diagnose ADHD, the symptoms need to start by age 6-12 years and continue for more than 6 months.
There are other concerns which include possible overdiagnosis and misdiagnosis which can result in other psychiatric disorders. The American Journal of Psychiatry claims that there are concerns related to increased risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in people which have a stimulant use of ADHD in their childhood. Stimulant drugs are forbidden for children between 2-6 years. Besides this fact, there are 0.51%-1.23% children in the USA who are still being treated with stimulants.
Stimulants for treatment of ADHD
Adderall (a mixture of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate) are stimulants which are being prescribed. These treatments with stimulant drugs are considered as extremely dangerous.
The FDA and the National Institute of Mental Health conducted a study which proved that drugs like Ritalin can increase the risk of sudden death by 500% in children and teenagers.
There are numerous side effects which can occur with the Ritalin treatment: nausea, weight loss, stomach pain, abdominal upset, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Also, emotional and behavioral side effects can occur: insomnia and dizziness, emotional ups and downs, crying, nervousness, headaches, excitability, crankiness, emotional sensitivity, irritability, nervous habits, and muscle tics or twitches.
Ritalin can cause addiction in some patients. The withdrawing of this medication can cause side effects as depression, malnutrition, fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns, and cardiovascular issues which can result in a stroke or even death.
Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine which can be addictive.
The side effects are: difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, nervousness, restlessness, headache, changes in sex drive or ability, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dry mouth, weight loss, stomach pain, and vomiting.
According to NIH, anyone who has noticed some of these symptoms should immediately visit their doctor:
Chest pain, slow or difficult speech, weakness or numbness of an arm of leg, fast or pounding heartbeat, seizures, believing things that are not true, mania (frenzied or abnormally excited mood), changes in vision or blurred vision, dizziness or faintness, shortness of breath, fever, itching, swelling of the eyes, tongue, face, or throat, aggressive or hostile behavior, excessive tiredness, feeling unusually suspicious of others, motor tics or verbal tics, blistering or peeling skin, rash, hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, and hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist).
Source: Healthiest Alternative