A Matter of Mixed Reactions
As with any medications, some people
are satisfied using Ritalin for ADD and some are not. Some laud
the success of Ritalin, others complain of the side effects, and
still others complain that their stimulant-medicated children
are no longer themselves. The following reactions are of children
medicated with Ritalin for ADD whom we have treated with homeopathic
medicine, and of their parents. We have tried to include varying
points of view, though most of the patients we have quoted are
biased in the sense that they sought a more natural alternative
to stimulant medication.
"I Still Have
That Prescription in My Purse"
"When Michael started having
problems in school and the teachers and counselors suggested ADD,
we took him to his regular pediatrician. After
a forty-five-minute examination, the doctor proclaimed that he
was indeed hyperactive and wrote a prescription for twenty milligrams
of Ritalin every morning. I can tell you that I still have that
prescription in my purse because I just couldn't believe it. We
asked about diet, about allergies, about a different form of discipline.
Each time the response was the same: 'Ritalin.'
"For some reason it seems to
me that our society has come to a point where everyone thinks
that you just have to take a pill and whatever problem you have
will get better. I just couldn't see giving my child a prescription
that ultimately altered his personality. Michael has always been
a kind, loving, generous, helpful child. He just doesn't sit still
very well at times. I love Michael as he is and I didn't want
a pill to change him."
Saved Our Lives"
"If Rich had not been given
Ritalin at age seven, I don't even care to imagine where or how
bad off he would be today. It literally saved our lives! First
of all, Rich's reaction to Ritalin gave us the confirmation we
needed that there was indeed something physically different about
him. Within fifteen minutes after receiving his first dose, we
could actually witness him calming down. He could sit still, he
could focus, he could carry on a real conversation He felt good
about himself and about life-not high as some people are on speed,
but just 'normal' for the first time ever. His social relationships
and anger were also improved.
"However, after a few months
the side effects of this drug also became difficult to handle.
Ritalin did not stay in Rich's system for a predictable
length of time. When it wore off, he crashed. We were then given
Dexedrine to take along with the Ritalin. The Dexedrine is a time
release capsule, so it was longer lasting. But, if he took it
alone, it left Rich almost too calm. The Ritalin sort of gave
him his life back. Together these medicines worked well for Rich
for almost two years. Then he was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome,
which manifested itself in tics and twitches. These were made
worse by the Ritalin and eventually he had to discontinue the
Dexedrine as well."
None of the Conventional Medications Worked
"Jared is irritable, defensive,
and highly offended. He is obsessive about all kinds of things
and doesn't show a lot of common sense. He doesn't think before
he does things. He has a very hard time in the classroom focusing
if something else is going on. He is very intense and interrupts
all the time. He is easily touched. Sentimentality and rage are
both very close to the surface."