I think children today are medicated way to early in life. The effects of drugs on childhood development is often not well understood. I am keeping an open mind to the new diagnoses of disorders that are being discovered. The question is though, how much of this is attributed to technology? I know people are tired of hearing about what we had when I grew up. But look at technology in the 80’s. No cellphones, no virtual games, no computer social networks, no Xboxes and limited computers.
Kids went outside to play with other kids. We swung from trees, played sports and explored nature. Disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were really not recognized. The cure was to go to the park and run around until you calmed down.
What is Adderall?
There are drugs such as Adderall which helps treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Adderall is a combination of four amphetamine salts. Amphetamine is a psychostimulant drug that affects the central nervous system and increases wakefulness and alertness. This is a short term affect and some college students have been known to take this to cram for exams. It also decreases appetite and fatigue. This drug was first developed for adults but found a following among children over the age of six.
Adderall Side Effects
Adderall comes with side effects such as dizziness, weight loss, headaches, increased heart rate and lower blood pressure. Abuse of Aderall can result in hallucinations, temporary stunt in growth in children which is recovered once you stop taking Adderall and loss of libido. You will feel good but no desire to act upon it. The use of Adderall is not recommended for those with pre-existing heart conditions.
The one side effect I am looking into is the increase heart rate. Typically, when you are suffering from ADHD, you are constantly moving about from item to item. Increasing that heart rate goes against the idea of a relaxed state. There have also been instances where Adderall makes ADHD conditions worse.
So the question now is: Is it worth medicating your child? Should we wait until the child is older and the body can adapt to this type of medication?