Sunday, February 03, 2013
ADHD will get you a scrip whether you need it or not.
ADHD has become a medical catchall for high strung kids that no one really wants or has the time to deal with. Give them a prescription for Adderall or one of the other recommended drugs and have them come back for more when they need it has become the common treatment. and it can all too often have deadly consequences.
Every morning on her way to work, Kathy Fee holds her breath as she drives past the squat brick building that houses Dominion Psychiatric Associates.All the drugs do is paper over problems that become much more serious with continued drug use. Forty years ago everybody knew that "Speed Kills". Just because it comes from a "reputable pharmaceutical company" does not change that.
It was there that her son, Richard, visited a doctor and received prescriptions for Adderall, an amphetamine-based medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It was in the parking lot that she insisted to Richard that he did not have A.D.H.D., not as a child and not now as a 24-year-old college graduate, and that he was getting dangerously addicted to the medication. It was inside the building that her husband, Rick, implored Richard’s doctor to stop prescribing him Adderall, warning, “You’re going to kill him.”
It was where, after becoming violently delusional and spending a week in a psychiatric hospital in 2011, Richard met with his doctor and received prescriptions for 90 more days of Adderall. He hanged himself in his bedroom closet two weeks after they expired.
The story of Richard Fee, an athletic, personable college class president and aspiring medical student, highlights widespread failings in the system through which five million Americans take medication for A.D.H.D., doctors and other experts said.
He is not hyperactive, never was....and he has never needed drugs; I sure pity the parents who endure the crazy caused by putting their kids on Adderal or Ritalin because docs and teachers like drugged-to-submission kids better than rarin' to go sorts.
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