The Double-edged Sword Of ADHD Medications
Although it may have become something of a buzzword in recent years, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be a serious problem for the children who are diagnosed with it. It can make environments and settings that require a calm mind and body to feel like nothing short of a prison. Your brain and your body will feel like it's racing at bullet train speeds and leaving the rest of you behind.
So if you're a parent of a child who ends up being diagnosed with this condition, it's perfectly understandable to want to turn to any solution you can find so that the disorder doesn't affect their studies and other pursuits.
There are many medications available if parents choose to go that route. For many children, this will work just fine and not cause any problems. It will allow their bodies to feel ready and awake while their minds are at ease and able to handle the thought processes necessary for schoolwork.
Like many medications, typical ADHD prescriptions come with some caveats that must be considered. Chief among these is that they are amphetamine-based, and can be hazardous if improperly used or abused.
You'll want to supervise how your children take these medications, since they are a controlled substance under U.S. federal law. Once your children are old enough to take care of themselves - and by that point they might no longer need their ADHD prescription - they can manage it on their own, but until then, you have to be in charge.
If you follow these simple standards, your children will most likely benefit from being prescribed a medication for their ADHD. But if you are concerned for any reason, there's no reason why you shouldn't consider other treatment options.
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