I have always been conscious of this issue.
On one hand: I shadowed a GP for a summer and some children would come in with their mothers and be absolute nightmares. They are about 8 or 9 years old and would be prescribed Adderall. A little time later they come in and their mother raves about how well they're doing in school. Awesome. Wham bam there ya go. Good stuff.
On the other hand: Adderall is an amphetamine. It is one of the most potent stimulants in existence. They have done studies in rats on long term use of MDMA and street grade methamphetamine. It is very bad for your heart. If I remember the man's data correctly it causes cardiac tissue catabolism. I asked if any studies have been done using Adderall seeing as how it is so heavily prescribed and especially in children. He sort of smirked, giving me the feeling that he had pressured people into performing this research before. He said no, studies have not been done, I asked him what HE would expect if they were, and he replied you would see very similar results.
NOW in my opinion:
Does ADD/ADHD exist? Absolutely. The science on how giving STIMULANTS to hyperactive people makes the focus and calm down actually works is still being figured out.
I am okay with these prescriptions for teenagers and young adults, but not children.
If you HAVE to give it to children, some of the doses I have seen given to children is INSANE. 30mg Adderall, 70mg Vyvanse, etc. That's RIDICULOUS.
5mg is more than enough for a LOT of people. 5-10mg should be fine for any ADHD case you come across.
A 4 year old???? Ridiculous. Ditch your doctor, and stick to good old fashioned parenting.
This post was edited on 10/11 at 9:00 pm