Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
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Monday, July 31, 2006


I came across an advertisement today for Adderall XR that featured Ty Pennington. He describes his difficulties as a child behaviorally and how that he now takes Adderall XR and it has worked wonders for him and that when he takes it he does not feel 'sped up'. Well, Ty, sorry to say, you are taking speed. Adderall is a combo of amphetamine salts. Now, go to the bottom of the ad and you will find warnings about increase of vocal tics and Tourettes, the possibility of the development of aggression and mania, and the potential for suicidal thought. So- is it worth the risk to treat a disorder for which there exists no actual test and which was merely voted into existence by a show of hands at a APA committee. The drug companies must really enjoy having a noted person such as Pennington, but parents need to read beyond Pennington's brief statements (for which he is being paid a pretty penny.)
It is not to say that children cannot have challenging behaviors, but this does not imply that this is a disease, there is no evidence of such. There are certainly more healthful solutions towards addressing children's behavioral challenges than drugging them into compliance. It just happens to take a lot of effort, but where do people want to put forth effort in today's society?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one with a "Ty" problem. It angers me just to see him. He really needs to admit that he's on speed and likes the effect but please don't tell everyone else to join in. Too many people are hurt by these mind altering drugs. It’s all about the $$.