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Why Ritalin Still Rules
National Review Online, by Mary Eberstadt

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Posted By:Judy W., 12/18/2013 3:56:23 PM

Almost 14 years ago, the inaugural issue of Policy Review under newly appointed editor Tod Lindberg ran an essay of mine called “Why Ritalin Rules.” It observed that American children were taking psychotropic drugs at (then-) record rates; that some doctors and other experts believed methylphenidate (the generic name for Ritalin) was being over-prescribed; that the disorder for which it and related stimulants were given — Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — included a uniquely protean symptoms checklist; and that the line between science and advocacy was hard to find in the bustling pediatric zone of the psychotropic universe. Alongside

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This is an important piece and I hope it gets wide circulation. If you read it, be sure to read the second page where she discusses the unnatural stresses on kids and women that lead to so much medicine.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/18/2013 4:17:09 PM     (No. 9659110)

I wonder how many of the mothers of the children- mostly boys- on Ritalin are themselves on some form of anti-anxiety medication.

As the article point out, even married women are under a lot of pressure. One of those pressures is the fear that if they take time off to be with their children their jobs skills will deteriorate. Then they will be out of luck if their husband wants a divorce. For many the if is always a haunting when in the back of their mind.

Such is the cost of making the marriaget less enforceable than the warranty on a toaster.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: desertcowboy, 12/18/2013 4:54:04 PM     (No. 9659163)

ADHD is real and it affects a fair number of children (I don´t know how many; no noe does). My son was diagnosed at 13 after years of problems. He started the medication and went from "C"´s to "A"´s; and his and my relationship improved dramatically because he wasn´t always forgetting what I had just told him, he was living up to his potential and his responsibilities. Ritalyn is not for every child and should not be thought of in that way, but for those who need it is a major help in getting the child on a level playing field. My son also has asthma, although he is a good athlete. I would not deprive my son of his ADD medication (which he is quite happy with) any more than I would deprive him of his asthma medication.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: desertcowboy, 12/18/2013 5:05:11 PM     (No. 9659175)

I´d also like to say that the article in the New York Slime was nothing more than a slam on the Drug Companies and actually had very few medical "facts" in it. Why this is considered a great article is beyond me. It was warmed over hate of the drug companies dressed up as a concern for children. Gee, where have I heard "its for the children" before? Perhaps more children have been given perscriptions because it is better diagnosed. These drugs don´t work for kids who don´t have ADD (or ADHD) and they have little entertainment value; so why would they be taking them if they weren´t helping?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: skedaddle, 12/18/2013 5:45:11 PM     (No. 9659207)

My nephew was diagnosed with ADHD. No one cared that at the time his father regularly beat his mother. When mom finally got the chaos out of the house, the boy no longer needed medicating. And she spent almost a year getting doctors to agree to wean him and convincing the school that they weren´t going to force her to put him back on meds he didn´t need. Funny how some peace and calm at home "cured" his ADHD. My nephew is not the only kid out there in the same situation - he was lucky his mom finally got her act together and became a good parent.

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