ADD or ADHD
Attention Deficient Disorder or
Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficient Disorder was the buzzword of the nineties. It is probably a crime of humanity to mortgage the long-term memory of our children by controlling their short-term behavior problems. But in fact in some school districts 50% of the students are placed on Dexedrine like medications that react oppositely and cause a perverted reaction, which slows down the memory process, thought process, and hyperactivity of the child. It causes a decrease in the child's hyperactivity and it increases their attention span, however it decreases their ability to retain learned information over a long period of time.
Typically, what is seen in an individual who has ADD, is an individual who has difficulty attending to tasks, can't concentrate, and can't learn properly. And yet, in my experience, is very bright and intellectually gifted. Most of these individuals are now treated with psychotropic drugs. Some, even with antidepressants, and the more severe the symptoms the more drugs they are now prescribed. Almost all of these children can be controlled by other means; by identifying and avoiding certain foods that they may be sensitive to. I have not seen one young child with these particular problems that has not had a delayed food sensitivity as the root cause of their problem.
I myself have had two hyperactive children, both of which I tried on Ritalin and both of them had decreases in their hyperactivity and increases in their attention span, but decreases in their end of the year standardized performance tests. It is my conclusion that treating children with psychotropic drugs stimulates the seratonin reuptake inhibitors. It is not in the best interest of the child or the family, but is now deemed usual and customary treatment, recommended by any teacher in the public school districts. Some schools even go so far as to require Ritalin in order to attend school.