29 Jul 2020

  “A typical scenario in our society is that Johnny is disruptive in class, so the teacher tells the parents, He needs to be on Ritalin.  The busy parents, both of whom work, take Johnny to the over-worked pediatrician.  They describe Johnny’s disruptive behavior, poor attentional skills, and bad grades.  Johnny is placed on Ritalin.  Johnny’s behavior changes enough to be noticed.  The teacher is happy because Johnny is easier to handle in her overcrowded classroom.  The parents acted responsibly by getting their child the medical help needed.  The pediatrician has offered Johnny the treatment most often prescribed for the presented symptoms.     We see this scenario over and over–children being prescribed Ritalin to treat symptoms while nothing is offered for the cause.  But what about Johnny?  Is he really ADD?  Is he being helped by this treatment or have we just put a Band-Aid on a serious problem?     Far too often, the outcome of this scenario serves mostly the purposes of all the adults involved:  the drug company makes money; the physician has prescribed the traditional treatment; the teacher has one less disruptive child to control; and the parents have done the responsible thing.  What about the child?  What about all of our children?  Have we done the best we can for our children as their parents,  teachers, or doctors?  If there were a safer, more effective treatment, should we not incorporate it into our care of the children and adults with ADD?” p.2.  Getting Rid of Ritalin by Robert Hill, Ph.D. and Eduardo Castro, M.D.     An EEG/qEEG of the brain provides accurate information on whether the person is ADD, or if other brain function issues are needing help.  Drs. Kelsey