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Why Drug Treatment For ADHD Is Dangerous

Drug treatment for ADHD is dangerous for several reasons. First, since there still is no definitive test for ADD/ADHD many children with other medical or emotional problems whose symptoms parade as ADD/ADHD never get treatment for their real problems. ADD/ADHD individuals also never get treated for the many underlying causes of the symptoms we see.

Second, drug companies tell us that their drugs target key areas of the brain where the presumed “malfunction” is occurring, yet this is only part of the truth. For a drug to work it must mirror something the body produces itself closely enough that the receptors for the drug will uptake (accept) it. Yet there are receptors for this drug in other places in the body besides the brain. Unlike naturally produced chemicals which the body can direct only to an area seen as needing it, the artificial drug hits every receptor in the body (like in the heart, liver, muscle etc.). Each time a receptor is hit with the man made drug it becomes less dynamic and over time larger quantities of that drug or a new drug which hits a different receptor must be introduced to achieve the same results. The body is then left less able to respond to real threats later in life. The body also has more difficulty ridding the excess drug from the body putting extra strain on the liver.

Third, drugs have unwanted side effects which often require treatment with another drug. In the case of ADD/ADHD these side effects can be impaired sleep, anxiety, depression, stunted growth, and brain changes to name a few.

Fourth, Drugs don’t impact the other neurological differences found in ADD/ADHD like brain wave differences. Drugs do nothing to correct biological and learning differences ADD/ADHD individuals have

Lastly, drugs send a message to ADD/ADHD persons that there is something very wrong about them (when actually there is something very right) leading them to believe there is nothing they can do on their own to control their behavior and attention. It further damages their already fragile self esteem and leads to incalculable under achievement in these uniquely gifted persons.