Brendhan, you couldn't be more wrong about Ritalin. It's not a zombie drug at all, it's fast acting and leaves your system very quickly. It doesn't have to build up, and taken in clinical doses it isn't addictive whatsoever, more than can be said for dexadrine. Since you have no experience with it, please don't spread rumors that it's'nasty, nasty, nasty, that just isn't true.
ADHD is something I've lived with and researched over the years.
1. ADHD is overdiagnoised.
Actually some feel it's underdiagnosed
2. Ritalin is over perscribed and nasty nasty nasty.
Inflammatory and untrue.
3. Most kids who are listed as ADHD are smart.
Studies have shown many children diagnosed with ADHD are in the higher levels of intelligence, but it's not always true.
4. Most kids with ADHD are easily bored with the mindless rambling of adults.
Most adults with ADHD are bored with mindless ramblings, also.
5. If something interests a kid with ADHD you can't pry them away from it. And that is the trick.
It's called hyperfocus. Unfortunately it isn't something easily invoked - or stopped!
6. It is the responsiblity of adults(parents and teachers) to stop trying to dumb their kids down. You are dealing with a smart energized person who does not like to be bored. You have to learn how to deal with that. Not the other way around.
Teachers don't have time to deal with anything out of the norm. It's up to the parents to recognize the issues and make sure the child gets the proper education. I spent months taking my boys to tutors for various issues, they went to a special private afterschool program to help them succeed in the classroom.
7. ADHD(diagnoised) persons like experiences and hands on things. Get them with that then they will read the books. This is the opposite of most method.
It depends on what catches their interest. I've always loved books and learning, I had no issues in school (other than not staying in my seat quietly after I'd finished my work, I was bored!), however, my youngest had such a bad time with reading, etc. he absolutely hates books.
ADHD is on the autistic curve, and that's not an opinion. As far as 'bad parenting' goes, that's been disproven, it's not nurture, it's nature. Now, if the parents are unable to cope with a different-minded child, then there can be issues.
You can't 'outgrow' ADHD, you merely develop coping mechanisms. You can't change brain function by 'outgrowing' it. I'm still hyper, I still have attention issues, but I'm still a successful person, just one with many interests. It's the only way I can live.
I hate the fact it's called a disorder. It's a difference. Find the book called Hunter in a Farmer's World by Thom Hartman, it has a good take on why some are ADHD and why many aren't, and to me it makes a lot of sense. I am hyper aware of my surroundings, always noticing things, always on watch, the distraction part for me is I'm aware of so many things at once I lose track of what I'm supposed to focus on. I could definitely be described as a hunter..
Driven to Distraction by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell has a forward in it written by a friend of mine. Dr. Hallowell runs a highly acclaimed ADHD clinic here in Massachusetts
. He's a very successful doctor who has lived with ADHD his whole life.
I have been a participant in the newsgroup alt.support.attn-deficit for 17 years now and have conversed with both of the above gentlemen. Both are successful, college educated ADHD'rs.
One thing we do agree on is the hammering on these children to make them fit the norm, whether it's by handling them badly or medicating the hell out of them. Believe me, you can be just as overmedicated on dexadrine as you can be on Ritalin, or Adderal, or any number of other meds they prescribed for ADHD. I wish the school system could accommodate ADHD better, but I don't see that ever happening.
Here in Massachusetts it is illegal for the school or the teacher to 'diagnose', or even suggest the diagnosis. That is mostly a good thing, but it can be a bad thing in a way. If a parent is to totally unaware of issues with their child that they wouldn't even think of ADHD (or they don't want to believe their child 'suffers from ADHD) then the child can go quite awhile, or even forever, without getting any of the appropriate assistance he/she needs. So they end up feeling their way along, as I did. Some make it, some don't, and that's the shame.