Common brand name stimulants, also known as ADHD drugs, include Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, Metadate, Vyvanse, Provigil. The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher. Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders. Unfortunately for families struggling to cope with the affects of ADHD symptoms* on their lives, the NHS is severely limited as to what it can do to help.
Methylphenidate and Dexamfetamine are psycho-stimulant drugs that provide a temporary increase in the patient’s mental or physical arousal.
For more information about this effective and safe treatment to improve the brain ability of your child, please call BrainTrainUK today on 0207 978 0186. To read more about this, please read the next page on Neurofeedback Brain Treatment for ADHD. By reading this site, the reader acknowledges their personal responsibility in choices for mental health for themselves and their children, and agrees that the AYCNP or anyone associated with this site, bears no responsibility for one's personal decisions in choices for mental health.
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ADHD medication does help about 40-70% of those who use the drugs, according to the most commonly quoted statistics. On the other hand, about 90% experience serious side effects the first 6 months of use, which tapers off to about 15% after 2 years. Additionally, it is possibly that a good part of the efficacy of the drug is a result of the intervention and extra attention that has been given to the child. However, there are many other forms of intervention that can help (the medications most commonly used are stimulant medicines.) Not everyone agrees with the labeling system that classifies children as ADHD. What does make a difference with children as far as grades goes is watching R-rated and violent movies, time spent with video games and time and intensity of television. A study conducted in the Bronx indicates that children who do not watch R-rated movies get significantly better grades than children who do watch violent and R-rated movies. At times, there have been a very serious side effects with medicines for ADHD, such as deaths associated with heart failure for children who have undetected heart problems. In this case, the most frequently cited reasons were the development of side effects - reported by 49% of parents - and continued problems at home or school despite medication - reported by 48%. Such side effects are what lead many families to discontinue their child's medication therapy.
It is thought that within six months, only about half of children on medications for ADHD will continue to have serious side effects. There would appear to be a tolerance that develops in children who are on medications for ADHD.


Washington: Advanced imaging research has answered a 40-year-old question about methylphenidate (Ritalin), which is taken daily by 4 million to 6 million children in the United States: how does it work? Taken orally in pill form, methylphenidate rarely produces a high and has not been reported to be addictive.
The positive affect medication contributes to a child's mental state is temporary, and usually, within 2 years, the positive affect on the mood of a child will no longer be noticeable. Anyone coming off medication should do so gradually rather than abruptly, and under a doctor's supervision.
She established Exploring Parenthood, a national support service for parents in the United Kingdom, before becoming the inaugural chief psychotherapist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Focus is on psychiatric drugs, causes of mental health disorders in children, media, ADHD, bipolar disorder.
So there are different ways of looking at mental health problems, especially with children. They say that this was going to help me get better grades, but my grades have gotten worse since I started taking the medicine." Newark, NJ, 2008. Studies indicate that grades in reading and math remain fairly constant with or without medicine. It does not "cure" the problem, or address the underlying issues that are causing the disorder. Adderall being an amphetamine and Ritalin being something close to an amphetamine, but not a true amphetamine.
Assessments lack "objective" procedures, that is, assessments are largely subjective, or, opinion based, rather than scientific or definite. Concerns about side effects and an assessment process that lacked "objective" procedures - were far and away the leading reasons that parents chose not to try medication with their child. In fact, over 90% of parents reported observing appetite loss and sleep difficulties, over 80% reported that their child had lost at least 5 pounds, and over 50% reported that their child was showing increased irritability. By 6 months, reported side effects had declined by approximately 50% and by the 2-year follow-up, the only side effect that continued to be reported by 15% of parents was appetite suppression. It might also be true, however, that, as in the case of Prozac, the effectiveness of the medication decreases in time as tolerance builds. However, injected as a liquid it sends a jolt that "addicts like very much," said Nora Volkow, MD, psychiatrist and imaging expert at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY.
It would seem that, like drug treatment for depression, about half of the children who are prescribed stimulants do experience some improvement. The number of those who experience such serious side effects usually tapers off gradually, to about 10% by the end of 2 years, about the same time period for the positive affect of stimulant drugs. While support of this nature can be useful, many parents desire an actual solution for their child, not merely a coping mechanism. For other families the concern over serious side effects means they choose a different path.
It is believed they release chemicals in the brain that increase attention and improve the control function of the brain, reducing hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Rotz specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADD and co-occurring conditions, including chronic disorganization.


She lives near San Diego, California, where in addition to coaching she is involved in ADD support groups, education, and advocacy. Prior to 1970 in the early 1960s, the use of medication in the treatment of ADHD was not common.
We made good progress with exercise, he went to the gym and worked out all day with my husband. In the cases where grades do improve, it is usually a very slight difference, and that difference can be more accurately attributed to the extra attention from social workers, psychologists, the teacher's and parent's awareness, as well as programs that the child might become involved with, rather than any attributes of the medicine. In fact, most pharmaceutical treatment for mental illness, if not all, is symptom based, that is the medicine is addressing symptoms, not the disease, not the disorder itself. What about parents who were willing to initiate such treatment but who discontinued it within 3 months?
Thus, parents clearly observed a substantial decline in medication side effects for their child over time.
Within two years time, a recent study indicated, only 15% of those on medications for ADHD will have serious side effects. While some children do benefit in the ability to concentrate in the short term, long term benefits of stimulant medication is disputable. Atomoxetine (Strattera) is not a stimulant so can be used to provide 24-hour relief from ADHD symptoms.
Ranging from relatively mild side effects such as headaches and trouble sleeping, all the way to hallucinations and sudden death in susceptible patients. Vicki Anderson is a psychology professor at the University of Melbourne and a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. This is important to explain because at BrainTrainUK we offer help with symptoms, we do not need a diagnosis to be able to help. An aspirin helps the headache to feel better, but it does not address what has caused the pain in the first place.
And even when your child reaches six years old and the prospect of medicating your loved one becomes an option, once you have been through the sometimes lengthy diagnosis process, it can often be a very difficult decision to make. We had meal times together the same time every day, and a fixed schedule every day." Newark, NJ educator, 2006).
Medication prescribed for mental health disorders can be very accurately compared to an aspirin. On the one hand you can let your child’s personality flourish at the risk of a troubled education and strained family life; or you can use medication that may help ‘control’ them but also change their personality. Neurofeedback offers a better solution – an alternative to drugs like Ritalin and without the side effects. Neurofeedback is a natural way to provide the tools to ‘fine tune’ your child’s brain for optimum performance in all situations, using the brain’s own ability to self-regulate and create permanent learning.




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