Jim Deroba (Deroba@AOL.COM)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 14:24:52 -0500
I didn't mean to drive anyone bonkers with my previous post.
In a perfect world there wouldn't be any misdiagnoses and there wouldn't be
anyone trying to beat the system. But this is not a perfect world and there
are misdiagnoses and people who try to beat the system. I have had students
and scouts who respond to Ritalin and are ADD. I have had students and
scouts who have went of ritalin and been prescribed something different that
worked better. I have also had parents who have had their sons diagnosed as
ADD, put on Ritalin, and seen no change in behavior and use it to beat the
system. In other words their son is ADD and is not responsible for his
actions. I have had grades overturned. I have seen months of individualized
attention with Scouts/students go down the drain because of parents who just
want their sons to turn 18 so they can kick them out of the house (their
quote). Again, this is speaking from experience (but nonmedical) be careful
in this situation. I have had successes and failures with kids diagnosed
ADD. The main feature with the successes were interested parents who ensure
that their son/daughter take responsibility for their actions and do whatever
they can to help them. Unfortunatly, and it is unbelievable to me, that is
not always the case.
By the way. It is usually not the medical profession that is the problem.
They need to be informed if ritalin is not having an effect. The drug is a
hit or miss proposition, as mentioned in other posts. If they are not
informed it isn't their fault.
Check out Ian Fords comments on ADD. That is a more informed medical
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City