[Sca-cooks] children/add and adhd was: candy and hostages

Lisa silvina at allegiance.tv
Sun Aug 6 14:47:18 PDT 2006

I agree that there are valid diagnoses of ADHD, my gripe is with those
teachers (well mostly teachers) who want a room full of sweet, nice, carbon
copy students and therefore push the parents to get an ADHD diagnosis and
get them medicated.

Most adult diagnoses of ADHD have suffered the same frustration as you,
going through a gamut of different complaints and diagnoses before someone
finally hits on the true problem.  My concern is the immediate reliance on
medications when there are other options such as behavior modification in
minor cases.  I have personal issue in this because my of my son who is
mildly ADHD.  He has had a heart problem since birth, but it was not caught
until a few years ago.  Well, I say it wasn't caught, every one of his
pediatricians blew it off as a "mild heart murmur" until we finally got a
pediatric cardiologist involved.  Unfortunately, we have since found out
that many of his ADHD medications that he had been on may have made his
heart problems worse.  If you read the information that they give you with
your medications, most of the ADHD medications specify to let your physician
know if you have a heart condition becase of the side effects.


----- Original Message -----
From: "otsisto" <otsisto at socket.net>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 1:22 PM
Subject: [Sca-cooks] children/add and adhd was: candy and hostages

> Growing up, I was labeled as slow with the possibility that I may need to
> to special education classes.
> I proved them wrong in summer school and then they started to label me as
> lazy and refusing to apply myself. The school never heard of ADD or ADHD.
> I did learn that people w/ADD and ADHD that were raised off of the meds
> built fail safes/actions of compensations that gave the impression to
> doctors for a while that people grew out of ADD/ADHD.
> One study showed that most ADD/ADHD non-med. fail safes, will have their
> fail safes fail at about age 40.
> Nothing like teaching an old dog new tricks. :P
> L
> ----- Original Message -----
> > I've been watching this thread but not commenting.  As an individual
> > a
> > mundane master's degree in counseling and having worked with ADHD kids
> > the past, as well as being the mother of a mildly ADHD child, I have to
> > say
> > that ADHD is one of the most misdiagnosed problems that I've seen.  Many
> > children who are diagnosed with ADHD are just active, energetic "normal"
> > children who have been given the diagnosis because a teacher, parent, or
> > someone with authority has pushed it.
> My sisters and I were not diagnosed until adulthood. When we were little,
> kids acted up, the mother needed counseling. I actually had, believe it or
> not, a very content childhood, except for being scatter brained and messy.
> My nephew was the first member of the family who received an actual
> diagnosis.
> It took me fourteen YEARS of telling people my oldest son had problems
> before any did anything other than pat me on the head and tell me I just
> didn't know how to handle a difficult child. My son Steven used to be up
> till midnight, and then up again at three a.m., EVERY day. Yes, it is
> misdiagnosed to some degree, but maybe, just maybe, we are also learning
> recognize problems and treat them before they become a problem.
> My ADD is so severe that I cannot follow an audio book (though I can read
> anything, and am a natural speed reader) and it actually prevents me from
> driving because I have basically no information filter. Everything gets
> processed at the same priority level, which is a real problem when there's
> trucks on every side of you...
> Laurensa
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