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08-09-06, 01:17 PM
I just had this argument with some lady on a romania forum that offers some support for parents of children with adhd....(she said some things like ADHD is cured by medication(by the way romania has only one type of medication available-strattera) and it does "dissapear" with age, and the worse is that she poses as a specialist...)

Among other she quoted Patrica Gilbert as a good author . I had not find any relevant refferences about Patricia Gilbert and have no time to read the book right now. but I do trust your opinion- mebers of ADDForums.(And Scaterred do you read this?). I mean it might be a good read, but given the other things she said I'd like to give these parrents-that have not much information any way- a reliable opinion.


08-09-06, 06:03 PM
Got a printer??

Myth #1: ADHD is a "phantom disorder".

FACT: The existence of a neurobiological disorder is not an issue to be decided by the media through public debate, but rather as a matter of scientific research. Scientific studies spanning 95 years summarized in the professional writings of Dr. Russell Barkley, Dr. Sam Goldstein, and others have consistently identified a group of individuals who have trouble with concentration, impulse control, and in some cases, hyperactivity. Although the name given to this group of individuals, our understanding of them, and the estimated prevalence of this group has changed a number of times over the past six decades, the symptoms have consistently been found to cluster together. Currently called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, this syndrome has been recognized as a disability by the courts, the United States Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights, the United States Congress, the National Institutes of Health, and all major professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, and educational associations.

Myth #2: Ritalin is like cocaine, and the failure to give youngsters drug holidays from Ritalin causes them to develop psychosis.

FACT: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medically prescribed stimulant medication that is chemically different from cocaine. The therapeutic use of methylphenidate does NOT CAUSE addiction or dependence, and does not lead to psychosis. Some children have such severe ADD symptoms that it can be dangerous for them to have a medication holiday, for example a child who is so hyper and impulsive he'll run into traffic withoug stopping to look first. Hallucinations are an extremely rare side-effect of methylphenidate, and their occurrence has nothing to do with the presence or absence of medication holidays. Individuals with ADHD who are properly treated with stimulant medication such as Ritalin have a lower risk of developing problems with alcohol and other drugs than the general population. More importantly, fifty years of research has repeatedly shown that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD safely benefit from treatment with methylphenidate.

Myth #3: No study has ever demonstrated that taking stimulant medications can cause any lasting behavioral or educational benefit to ADHD children.

FACT: Research has repeatedly shown that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD benefit from therapeutic treatment with stimulant medications, which has been used safely and studied for more than 50 years. For example, The New York Times reviewed a recent study from Sweden showing positive long- term effects of stimulant medication therapy on children with ADHD. Readers interested in more studies on the effectiveness of medication with ADHD should consult the professional writings of Dr. Russell Barkley, Drs. Gabrielle Weiss and Lily Hechtman, and Dr. Joseph Biederman.

Myth #4: ADHD kids are learning to make excuses, rather than take responsibility for their actions.

FACT: Therapists, educators, and physicians routinely teach children that ADHD is a challenge, not an excuse. Medication corrects their underlying chemical imbalance, giving them a fair chance of facing the challenges of growing up to become productive citizens. Accommodations for the disabled, as mandated by federal and state laws, are not ways of excusing them from meeting society's responsibilities, but rather make it possible for them to compete on a leveled playing field.

Myth #5: ADHD is basically due to bad parenting and lack of discipline, and all that ADHD children really need is old-fashioned discipline, not any of these phony therapies.

FACT: There are still some parent-bashers around who believe the century-old anachronism that child misbehavior is always a moral problem of the "bad child." Under this model, the treatment has been to "beat the Devil out of the child." Fortunately, most of us are more enlightened today. A body of family interaction research conducted by Dr. Russell Barkley and others has unequivocally demonstrated that simply providing more discipline without any other interventions worsens rather than improves the behavior of children with ADHD. One can't make a paraplegic walk by applying discipline. Similarly, one can't make a child with a biologically-based lack of self-control act better by simply applying discipline alone.

Myth #6: Ritalin is unsafe, causing serious weight loss, mood swings, Tourette's syndrome, and sudden, unexplained deaths.

FACT: Research has repeatedly shown that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD benefit from treatment with Ritalin (also known as methylphenidate), which has been safely used for approximately 50 years. There are NO published cases of deaths from overdoses of Ritalin; if you take too much Ritalin, you will feel terrible and act strange for a few hours, but you will not die. This cannot be said about many other medications. The unexplained deaths cited in some articles are from a combination of Ritalin and other drugs, not from Ritalin alone. Further investigation of those cases has revealed that most of the children had unusual medical problems which contributed to their deaths. It is true that many children experience appetite loss, and some moodiness or "rebound effect" when Ritalin wears off. A very small number of children may show some temporary tics, but these do not become permanent. Ritalin does not permanently alter growth, and usually does not result in weight loss. Ritalin does not cause Tourette's syndrome, rather many youngsters with Tourette's also have ADHD. In some cases, Ritalin even leads to an improvement of the of tics in children who have ADHD and Tourette's.

Myth #7: Teachers around the country routinely push pills on any students who are even a little inattentive or overactive.

FACT: Teachers are well-meaning individuals who have the best interests of their students in mind. When they see students who are struggling to pay attention and concentrate, it is their responsibility to bring this to parents' attention, so parents can take appropriate action. The majority of teachers do not simply push pills- they provide information so that parents can seek out appropriate diagnostic help. We do agree with the position that teachers should not diagnose ADHD. However, being on the front lines with children, they collect information, raise the suspicion of ADHD, and bring the information to the attention of parents, who then need to have a full evaluation conducted outside the school. The symptoms of ADHD must be present in school and at home before a diagnosis is made; teachers do not have access to sufficient information about the child's functioning to make a diagnosis of ADHD or for that matter to make any kind of medical diagnosis.

Myth #8: Efforts by teachers to help children who have attentional problems can make more of a difference than medications such as Ritalin.

FACT: It would be nice if this were true, but recent scientific evidence from the multi-modal treatment trials sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health suggests it is a myth. In these studies, stimulant medication alone was compared to stimulant medication plus a multi-modal psychological and educational treatment, as treatments for children with ADHD. The scientists found that the multi-modal treatment plus the medication was not much better than the medication alone. Teachers and therapists need to continue to do everything they can to help individuals with ADHD, but we need to realize that if we don't also alter the biological factors that affect ADHD, we won't see much change.

Myth #9: CH.A.D.D. is supported by drug companies, and along with many professionals, are simply in this field to make a quick buck on ADHD.

FACT: Thousands of parents and professionals volunteer countless hours daily to over 600 chapters of CH.A.D.D. around the U.S. and Canada on behalf of individuals with ADHD. CH.A.D.D. is very open about disclosing any contributions from drug companies. These contributions only support the organization's national conference, which consists of a series of educational presentations, 95% of which are on topics other than medications. None of the local chapters receive any of this money. It is a disgrace to impugn the honesty and efforts of all of these dedicated volunteers. CH.A.D.D. supports all known effective treatments for ADHD, including medication, and takes positions against unproven and costly remedies.

Myth #10: It is not possible to accurately diagnose ADD or ADHD in children or adults.

FACT: Although scientists have not yet developed a single medical test for diagnosing ADHD, clear-cut clinical diagnostic criteria have been developed, researched, and refined over several decades. The current generally accepted diagnostic criteria for ADHD are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) published by the American Psychiatric Association (1995). Using these criteria and multiple methods to collect comprehensive information from multiple informants, ADHD can be reliably diagnosed in children and adults.

Myth #11: Children outgrow ADD or ADHD.

FACT: ADHD is not found just in children. We have learned from a number of excellent follow-up studies conducted over the past few decades that ADHD often lasts a lifetime. Over 70% of children diagnosed as having ADHD will continue to manifest the full clinical syndrome in adolescence, and 15-50% will continue to manifest the full clinical syndrome in adulthood. If untreated, individuals with ADHD may develop a variety of secondary problems as they move through life, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, academic failure, vocational problems, marital discord, and emotional distress. If properly treated, most individuals with ADHD live productive lives and cope reasonably well with their symptoms.

Myth #12: Methylphenidate prescriptions in the U.S. have increased 600%.

FACT: The production quotas for methylphenidate increased 6-fold; however that DEA production quota is a gross estimate based on a number of factors, including FDA estimates of need, drug inventories at hand, EXPORTS, and industry sales expectations. One cannot conclude that a 6-fold increase in production quotas translates to a 6-fold increase in the use of methylphenidate among U.S. children any more than one should conclude that Americans eat 6 times more bread because U.S. wheat production increased 6-fold even though much of the grain is stored for future use and export to countries that have no wheat production. Further, of the approximately 3.5 million children who meet the criteria for ADHD, only about 50% of them are diagnosed and have stimulant medication included in their treatment plan. The estimated number of children taking methylphenidate for ADD suggested in some media stories fails to note that methylphenidate is also prescribed for adults who have ADHD, people with narcolepsy, and geriatric patients who receive considerable benefit from it for certain conditions associated with old age such as memory functioning. (see Pediatrics, December 1996, Vol. 98, No. 6)

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International Consensus Statement on ADHD
Mainstream media coverage about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has historically been biased, full of misinformation and heavily influenced by anti-psychiatry groups.

In response to this unfortunate trend, Dr. Russell Barkley and 74 other prominent medical doctors and researchers in AD/HD issued the following statement.

January 2002

We, the undersigned consortium of 75 international scientists, are deeply concerned about the periodic inaccurate portrayal of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in media reports. This is a disorder with which we are all very familiar and toward which many of us have dedicated scientific studies if not entire careers. We fear that inaccurate stories rendering ADHD as myth, fraud, or benign condition may cause thousands of sufferers not to seek treatment for their disorder. It also leaves the public with a general sense that this disorder is not valid or real or consists of a rather trivial affliction.

We have created this consensus statement on ADHD as a reference on the status of the scientific findings concerning this disorder, its validity, and its adverse impact on the lives of those diagnosed with the disorder as of this writing (January 2002).

Occasional coverage of the disorder casts the story in the form of a sporting event with evenly matched competitors. The views of a handful of non-expert doctors that ADHD does not exist are contrasted against mainstream scientific views that it does, as if both views had equal merit. Such attempts at balance give the public the impression that there is substantial scientific disagreement over whether ADHD is a real medical condition. In fact, there is no such disagreement --at least no more so than there is over whether smoking causes cancer, for example, or whether a virus causes HIV/AIDS.

The U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), among others, all recognize ADHD as a valid disorder. While some of these organizations have issued guidelines for evaluation and management of the disorder for their membership, this is the first consensus statement issued by an independent consortium of leading scientists concerning the status of the disorder. Among scientists who have devoted years, if not entire careers, to the study of this disorder there is no controversy regarding its existence.

ADHD and Science

We cannot over emphasize the point that, as a matter of science, the notion that ADHD does not exist is simply wrong. All of the major medical associations and government health agencies recognize ADHD as a genuine disorder because the scientific evidence indicating it is so is overwhelming.

Various approaches have been used to establish whether a condition rises to the level of a valid medical or psychiatric disorder. A very useful one stipulates that there must be scientifically established evidence that those suffering the condition have a serious deficiency in or failure of a physical or psychological mechanism that is universal to humans. That is, all humans normally would be expected, regardless of culture, to have developed that mental ability.

And there must be equally incontrovertible scientific evidence that this serious deficiency leads to harm to the individual. Harm is established through evidence of increased mortality, morbidity, or impairment in the major life activities required of one's developmental stage in life. Major life activities are those domains of functioning such as education, social relationships, family functioning, independence and self-sufficiency, and occupational functioning that all humans of that developmental level are expected to perform.

As attested to by the numerous scientists signing this document, there is no question among the world's leading clinical researchers that ADHD involves a serious deficiency in a set of psychological abilities and that these deficiencies pose serious harm to most individuals possessing the disorder. Current evidence indicates that deficits in behavioral inhibition and sustained attention are central to this disorder -- facts demonstrated through hundreds of scientific studies. And there is no doubt that ADHD leads to impairments in major life activities, including social relations, education, family functioning, occupational functioning, self-sufficiency, and adherence to social rules, norms, and laws. Evidence also indicates that those with ADHD are more prone to physical injury and accidental poisonings. This is why no professional medical, psychological, or scientific organization doubts the existence of ADHD as a legitimate disorder.

The central psychological deficits in those with ADHD have now been linked through numerous studies using various scientific methods to several specific brain regions (the frontal lobe, its connections to the basal ganglia, and their relationship to the central aspects of the cerebellum). Most neurological studies find that as a group those with ADHD have less brain electrical activity and show less reactivity to stimulation in one or more of these regions. And neuro-imaging studies of groups of those with ADHD also demonstrate relatively smaller areas of brain matter and less metabolic activity of this brain matter than is the case in control groups used in these studies.

These same psychological deficits in inhibition and attention have been found in numerous studies of identical and fraternal twins conducted across various countries (US, Great Britain, Norway, Australia, etc.) to be primarily inherited. The genetic contribution to these traits is routinely found to be among the highest for any psychiatric disorder (70-95% of trait variation in the population), nearly approaching the genetic contribution to human height. One gene has recently been reliably demonstrated to be associated with this disorder and the search for more is underway by more than 12 different scientific teams worldwide at this time.

Numerous studies of twins demonstrate that family environment makes no significant separate contribution to these traits. This is not to say that the home environment, parental management abilities, stressful life events, or deviant peer relationships are unimportant or have no influence on individuals having this disorder, as they certainly do. Genetic tendencies are expressed in interaction with the environment. Also, those having ADHD often have other associated disorders and problems, some of which are clearly related to their social environments. But it is to say that the underlying psychological deficits that comprise ADHD itself are not solely or primarily the result of these environmental factors.

This is why leading international scientists, such as the signers below, recognize the mounting evidence of neurological and genetic contributions to this disorder. This evidence, coupled with countless studies on the harm posed by the disorder and hundreds of studies on the effectiveness of medication, buttresses the need in many, though by no means all, cases for management of the disorder with multiple therapies. These include medication combined with educational, family, and other social accommodations. This is in striking contrast to the wholly unscientific views of some social critics in periodic media accounts that ADHD constitutes a fraud, that medicating those afflicted is questionable if not reprehensible, and that any behavior problems associated with ADHD are merely the result of problems in the home, excessive viewing of TV or playing of video games, diet, lack of love and attention, or teacher/school intolerance.

ADHD is not a benign disorder. For those it afflicts, ADHD can cause devastating problems. Follow-up studies of clinical samples suggest that sufferers are far more likely than normal people to drop out of school (32-40%), to rarely complete college (5-10%), to have few or no friends (50-70%), to under perform at work (70-80%), to engage in antisocial activities (40-50%), and to use tobacco or illicit drugs more than normal. Moreover, children growing up with ADHD are more likely to experience teen pregnancy (40%) and sexually transmitted diseases (16%), to speed excessively and have multiple car accidents, to experience depression (20-30%) and personality disorders (18-25%) as adults, and in hundreds of other ways mismanage and endanger their lives.

Yet despite these serious consequences, studies indicate that less than half of those with the disorder are receiving treatment. The media can help substantially to improve these circumstances. It can do so by portraying ADHD and the science about it as accurately and responsibly as possible while not purveying the propaganda of some social critics and fringe doctors whose political agenda would have you and the public believe there is no real disorder here. To publish stories that ADHD is a fictitious disorder or merely a conflict between today's Huckleberry Finns and their caregivers is tantamount to declaring the earth flat, the laws of gravity debatable, and the periodic table in chemistry a fraud. ADHD should be depicted in the media as realistically and accurately as it is depicted in science -- as a valid disorder having varied and substantial adverse impact on those who may suffer from it through no fault of their own or their parents and teachers.

Sincerely, Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Depts. Of Psychiatry and Neurology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Worcester, MA 01655

Edwin H. Cook, Jr., M.D.
Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
University of Chicago
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Chicago, IL

Mina Dulcan, M.D.
Department of Child and Adolescent
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Children’s Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL 60614

Susan Campbell, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
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University of Pittsburgh
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Department of Psychology
Royal Children’s Hospital
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Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for Juvenile Research
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Christopher Gillberg, M.D.
Department of Child and Adolescent
University of Gothenberg
Gothenberg, Sweden

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The Mt. Sinai Medical Center
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University of Texas Health Sciences Center
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Medical College of Wisconsin
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Professor of Psychology
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The University of Western Australia
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State University of New York at Stony Brook, Putnam Hall
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University of British Columbia
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Hospital for Sick Children
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University of California at Irvine
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New York University School of Medicine
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NYU School of Medicine
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University of California at San Francisco
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University of Minnesota
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Columbia University
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Department of Psychology
University of Calgary
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Assistant Professor
Department Pediatrics
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC 29425

Lisa L. Weyandt, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Psychology
Central Washington University
400 East 8th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7575

Michael Gordon, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatric
Services, & Director, ADHD Program
SUNY Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Lawrence Lewandowski, Ph.D.
Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence
Department of Psychology
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Erik Willcutt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Muenzinger Hall D-338
345 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309

Thomas M. Lock, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Acting Chief, Division of Developmental
Pediatrics and Rehabilitation
Acting Director, Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
936 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Crazy :cool:

08-09-06, 06:07 PM
I just had this argument with some lady on a romania forum that offers some support for parents of children with adhd....(she said some things like ADHD is cured by medication(by the way romania has only one type of medication available-strattera) and it does "dissapear" with age, and the worse is that she poses as a specialist...)

Among other she quoted Patrica Gilbert as a good author . I had not find any relevant refferences about Patricia Gilbert and have no time to read the book right now. but I do trust your opinion- mebers of ADDForums.(And Scaterred do you read this?). I mean it might be a good read, but given the other things she said I'd like to give these parrents-that have not much information any way- a reliable opinion.

anamariI was just reading in the article I put in the news section of the forums that 50 - 70 percent of child ADDers do not out grow their ADD. According to what I've read in Russell Barkley and Tom Brown's books and courses of the subject, if you use the criteria that were normed on children and apply it to adults, then yes it appears that a number of adults do "out grow it". According Patricia Quinn at the ADDA Conference more realistically is that they have milder cases and learn to accomodate successfully as they grow up -- choose careers, mates, lifestyle, etc that fits their brain patterns. ADHD is a developmental disorder, so there IS development, but it lags behind others of the same age as much as 30 percent in childhood.

Most adults and many teens outgrow their hyperactive component, but the inattention and impulsiveness are likely to remain. Problems surface in the area of working memory, organizational abilities, listening and being able to apply directions, etc.

No medicine that I've heard of "cures" ADHD. Strattera was originally developed as an anti depressant that targeted Norepherine but wasn't a particularly good anti depressant but did seem to help ADHD. According to Dr. Dodson at the ADDA Conference in Orlando (who has been sponsored in some of his talks by the makers of Adderall) says it works for about 1/2 of ADDers and works about 1/2 as well for them. Others are a bit more generous, but I don't think I've seen any figures higher than 60 or 70% and most figures hover around the 50 % mark as far as people for who it works well. Stimulent medication is still considered the most effective first choice for treating ADHD and it only works while it is in your system -- it is a treatment -- not a cure.

I don't have time right this moment, but if you'd like me to quote to specific statistics and authors, PM me and remind me to get back to this. I currently off my medication due to developing tics and there's not much chance I'll remember on my own. I'd be interested in taking a look at that book.


08-09-06, 07:46 PM
Thanks Crazyfeet and Scattered.

I am an adult ADDer myself and I have a son with ADD. We live now in US but our country of origin is Romania. I read as much as I can- not by far as much as Scaterred or other people here tho...

Now, about Romania, it was a communist country from1946 to 1989 and during the communist regime it was considered that mental health issues are present only in capitalist countries ie US, tho we do not need psychologist and psychiatrists. Therefore our school of Psychology and Psychiatry is 50 years behind (or more...).

Few years ago some parents of children diagnosed with autism, PDD, ADHD, Down Syndrome started to help themselves . Some bought foreign consultants and helped young psychology graduates learn therapy methods , i.e. ABA. some are mostly active on on-line forums and support groups. When I started to learn more about AD/HD myself I tried to help as I could-mainly with information. I tried to translate the myths, the symptoms, gave as much info as I could about meds developed here- (not all Romanians read in English).

Concerning children with AD/HD in Romania...

- many parents are posting on a couple of forums but they do not have any organization yet...
-most teachers have no idea about ADD, and are considering these children-lazy, un-educated, un-motivated and so on....

- most psychatrists are still unaware of ADD, and the few that have some knowledge often give a wrong diagnosis- like PDD or a wrong treatment-like Rispolept(Risperidone) for a hyperactive child ( do not have to tell me, I know it does not work).

- there are few psychologists that I know of that will be able to give a correct diagnosis and help with behavioural therapy.

- Strattera (Eli Lily) came to the Romanian market almost a year ago. They have a quite good web page on AD/HD-in Romanian.
Unfortunately some psychatrists think they just discoverd the "miracle pill"

-No stimulant medication is available in Romania at this time

Now, about the lady on the forum, let's call her X
Few days ago on one forum, within the subject where most parents of AD/HD children vent about their kids problems in school and look for any kind of positive advice and tips , Ms X posts.

-Ms X is a teacher in elementary school with a bachelor degree in education and a minor in psychology.
-Ms X claims that she is currently working with some well know romanian psychatrists:confused: developing a special education program for children with AD/HD
-MS X claims that it is the parents fault that these children are having problems and are dramatically destroing a whole clasroom, since AD/HD is easly cured (yes she said cured twice) with medication and therapy .
-MS X claims that AD/HD will be almost gone in the teen age years-Ms X claims that unmedicated children will fail in elementary school because they can not focus more than 3 to 5 minutes at the time.
MS X also quotes Patricia Gilbert's book "Hyperactive children with attention deficit"? as a good book to use for teaching methods concerning children with AD/HD.

I did correct most of MS X statements but unfortunately I can not cooment on MS Gilbert book since i doid not read it- but I dread the advice it gives if I consider other statements Ms.X gave.

08-09-06, 07:48 PM
Sorry for the long psot but i fel I had to explain the situation in detail.
Scattered I'll post the info about Strattera. and I'll PM you 9if i don't forget it myself)...

07-29-08, 01:51 PM
Hey, if you can straighten this lady in Romania out I've got a couple of clinics here in the Mid-West you can go to work on. I'm too tired right now to deal with them any more. They lied about me in their reports... I didn't say the voices in my head were the trees, I didn't say I abused the medication and I certainly didn't say my father abused me as a child. But there it is in their reports and who do you think has credibility to these guy's peers in the medical community. Yeah, not me; that's for sure after what they lied about. These twerps even told me if I sought advice from hospital staff outside of the clinic they'd call the police on my last doctor for prescribing Dexedrine to an admitted drug abuser (geezo, even if I was, which I'm not, would I be so stupid to TELL them?!)

Yeah, sic 'em. I'm was going to complain to the state's Attorney General but the first thing they do is send a copy of the complaint to the doctor (okay, habeas corpus and all that, sure, okay...) and since the clinic's confabulated thus far what's too keep them from going further? What's one more seriously screw-up (by their accounts) patient that couldn't handle psycho-stimulants compared to the reputation of a psychiatrist with an established practice? I'm a bit bummed out about it but cheer myself with the thought that it's not me that's going to have to account this to St. Peter later.

(I'm a little off topic here, but if you guys want to straighten someone out about ADD/ADHD I can give you a list of likely suspects.)