Re: Scouters, Social Workers, Counsellors ...
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:21:54 -0400
Well, I've got to jump in here and reply to some of the uninformed
comments on the issue of ADD I've seen on this list lately. First, I have
ADD, and have a son with ADD, so I have a certain perspective on this
that some of you may not have.
Medication for ADD doesn't "numb" your mind or cause you to go through
the day in a fog or half asleep, as someone said here on this list!
Quite the opposite. Frankly, the medication I take--cylert--is the best
thing that's happened to my productivity in years. I hardly know wher
the time goes when I'm on it (and not because I'm asleep, either :<) ).
I take one of these a day, and it works great.
My son takes a much heavier dose of medication than I do, and has been
through several different kinds (they don't all work the same, and
ritalin isn't effective in about 25 percent of people who try it).
Anyway, ADD is not imaginary or a made up malady or an excuse to drug
kids to keep them docile and compliant. I'm not saying it hasn't been
misused, but in my experience it has not been.
With respect, I think some of you ought to do some reading up on this
neurological problem before making pronouncements about it. YMMV.
Peter Farnham (and a good old Beaver, Too)
SM, Troop 113
Colonial District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City