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To: msnimje

This is a ridiculous statement. As a parent of a child who had many attention problems in school, she was given Ritalin. It helped her to focus and to retain her friends, when their parents were telling them "Stay away from her, or you'll get in trouble, too."

We had the benefit of a psychologist who saw she showed signs of depression because of her feeling "different." Thankfully we also had a school counselor in elementary school who helped her and other children realize they were able to focus by various other means, so she didn't feel she was different.

We have relatives of a child with this problem, and they did not turn to Ritalin. He went on to become an alcoholic and a criminal, and has screwed up his own son.

Please consider that others may have unselfish reasons for seeking treatment as we did.


27 posted on 09/12/2006 11:30:27 AM PDT by Iluvpopcrn (Karen)
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To: Iluvpopcrn
This is a ridiculous statement.

With that lead sentence I refuse to the read the rest of your's so I have no idea if you have any valid points.
32 posted on 09/12/2006 11:35:32 AM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: Iluvpopcrn
This is a ridiculous statement. As a parent of a child who had many attention problems in school, she was given Ritalin. It helped her to focus and to retain her friends, when their parents were telling them "Stay away from her, or you'll get in trouble, too."

What's ridiculous is parents who find it easier to medicate than to be parents. Over my father's objections this stuff was force fed to me for several years. I DID NOT retain my friends in fact, I lost every one of them I ever had up until that point because I refused to talk to anyone while I was under the influence. You are not the same person while you're on it. By the time I got to where I quit taking it, I was in 8th grade. Problem is, I hadn't really socialized with anyone over the past 5 years so I literally had the social skills of a third grader. So I was further isolated from my peers. You have no concept how thoroughly bad for a person Ritalin can be. It took nothing short, literally, of an act of God for me to ever get away from it (plus a move to another city).

People who use marijuana ought to get nothing more than a fine. People who sell it or give it to minors ought to see some prison or jail time. I can't say aloud what ought to be done to parents that give Ritalin to their kids instead of parenting them without violating the decency rules on FR.
57 posted on 09/12/2006 12:37:06 PM PDT by JamesP81 ("Never let your schooling interfere with your education" --Mark Twain)
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To: Iluvpopcrn

I know I post the most ridiculous stuff on FR if I'm not popping Adderall.


80 posted on 09/12/2006 3:27:07 PM PDT by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: Iluvpopcrn
We had the benefit of a psychologist who saw she showed signs of depression because of her feeling "different." Thankfully we also had a school counselor in elementary school who helped her and other children realize they were able to focus by various other means, so she didn't feel she was different.

I don't want to minimize your daughters' issues with feeling different, but I'm just not convinced psychologists or counselors really impacts it at all. I too felt different, was depressed, and didn't fit in. When it occurred to me that I had to evaluate things around me based on my own observation rather than what I thought other people thought, I got over all that and got on with my life. Getting past whatever issues we have (no matter how horrific - look at the Holocaust children) is more within our own minds, and our own control. Generally psychologists and school counselors don't mention that. I'd say I was an isolated case, but I've talked to many people who had difficult childhood/teen years who've overcome it through that realization.

92 posted on 09/12/2006 7:03:36 PM PDT by Kay Ludlow (Free market, but cautious about what I support with my dollars)
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