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

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
e-mail: batushkad@yahoo.com

Friday, December 21, 2007


I recently received an anonymous comment that stated that persons 'need stimulants' to live a 'normal life'. First- what does this 'normal' possibly mean? To conform means we need a highly addictive narcotic? A few shots of whiskey at the end of the day may make me feel a bit more mellow, do I need this for a 'normal' life? The comment goes on to say that if we do not give stimulants to a person with this 'admitted;y vague disease' (at least they recognize that), that the person will become a future drug addict and all other assorted grim things. Has this person read the recent study from University of Buffalo that shows in the long term NO difference between drugged or non drugged kids other than the fact that the drugged kids had growth suppression and other adverse events or Lambert's study stating that stimulants themselves actually lead to a rise in addictive behavior, not to mention the addictive nature of stimulants in themselves? Then this person continues on that I need to have 'compassion'. This has been the entire theme of my work, to offer a more compassionate mental health system. Lastly, this person suggests that I hang out with unmedicated "ADD' people as if this is some dreadful thing. Well, I do. Everyday. Is there a problem with this? Whose problem is it?

-Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.

1 comment:

Dr. Conley said...

Dr.Edmunds - I checked out a couple entries of your blog and I'm compelled to respond to this one. Everything I've read so far from you has indicated that you're a compassionate man seeking to advocate a more compassionate mental health system. The person who gave you this negative response is either looking to allieviate their own responsibility, or in a situation they themselves do not yet understand. It would be easier to know for sure if they didn't post annonymously and hide away. People have forgotten where and how to find worth - Maybe this person needs to explore humility and realize that 'normality' is a relative thing in a constant state of flux.