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Once again msmars your information is wrong and I also feel the need to reiterate the fact that you are obsessed with add and probably suffering from ocd and hypochondria.

Children of people who have disease do NOT automatically inherit those diseases. In fact, most genetic defects or diseases “skip a generation”. My mother had vonRecklinghausen syndrome, RSD and bone cancer, diseases which carry a 50%-75% inheritance rate, and died at age 40. I or my sister did not develop any of these syndromes. I have developed totally unrelated ailments myself, and my sister has remained extremely healthy and fit. 90% of the time your own body produces disease or problems with the body in response to its own chemistry, what you put in it, your environmental surroundings and yes, some if it is genetic. Just because one or both of your parents have ADD does NOT automatically mean they will pass it to the child. There are some situations that this are true, and some diseases require both parents to carry the disease dormant and pass it to a child. This is where your thinking is obviously confused. You seem to strongly believe you have ADD automatically because a parent does.

Here is a warning: You do NOT want to have ADD. You really need to get over it. A life full of psychiatric illness and pill-popping should not be what you want. By your posts I see that this is what you want. You want to experiment with drugs. I have said before you have an obvious drug-seeking pattern about you. When you start taking a pill to wake up your mind, you will soon also start taking a pill to put your mind at rest in the night time. Children and young adults abusing (in your case strongly seeking) stimulants will usually lead a life of substance and alcohol abuse. Listen to your mother. At your age, having ADD should not even be considered. According to the dsm-iv, if you do not show signs of attention deficiency and hyperactivity by the age of 7 then a diagnosis of ADD is not possible except under very extreme circumstances, one of them not being hypochondria.

You parents are trying to protect you. And they have every right to be concerned. As a psychiatric nurse, your mother knows first hand what kind of behavior is associated with ADD and what years of taking psychoactive drugs and stimulants do to your body. She has seen first hand medicines like amphetamines; Ritalin and Concerta turn ordinary people with some type of childhood attention deficiency turn to drug dealing, prostitution, robbery and other forms of violent crimes to support a crank, crack, or ice addiction which started when a parent decided to give the kid Crank instead of taking it to the movies. [B] No parent wants to see this happen to their child as a direct result of putting them on medicine. [/B] These are the cold, hard facts sister.

Take some Wellbutrin and get over yourself.
I don't think that anyone wants to see a kid suffer from adhd but at the same time we need to realize that when I was a kid I was out playing sports and doing other things outside with my friends. I mean I had a way to spend my energy. Have you ever put a dog or cat in a confined space for awhile and then let it out? What happens? they go nuts wanting to play! Does the dog or cat have adhd? What I am saying is that in todays day and age it doesn't seem that our kids are as active as we were, therefor sitting in front of the television only allows them to build up energy. My son has adhd and when I pick him up from his mom he has taken 72mg of concerta and he is wired for sound. By the next day even if he doesn't get his medication he is wore out from doing things with me outside, we stay busy and he gets to get out that energy that he would normally bottle up at home because no one takes the time to do anything with him. I will agree that if a child NEEDS medication to concentrate in school then give it to him. But for those who are quick to assume that a child has adhd because he has a lot of energy, take him swimming, go walk around a nature park for a couple hours or get out and play ball with them, then tell me how much energy they have at the end of the day! As parents we have become lazy. We need to get off our butts and spend time with our children doing something constructive!
[QUOTE=dadwhocares]I don't think that anyone wants to see a kid suffer from adhd but at the same time we need to realize that when I was a kid I was out playing sports and doing other things outside with my friends. I mean I had a way to spend my energy. Have you ever put a dog or cat in a confined space for awhile and then let it out? What happens? they go nuts wanting to play! Does the dog or cat have adhd? What I am saying is that in todays day and age it doesn't seem that our kids are as active as we were, therefor sitting in front of the television only allows them to build up energy. My son has adhd and when I pick him up from his mom he has taken 72mg of concerta and he is wired for sound. By the next day even if he doesn't get his medication he is wore out from doing things with me outside, we stay busy and he gets to get out that energy that he would normally bottle up at home because no one takes the time to do anything with him. I will agree that if a child NEEDS medication to concentrate in school then give it to him. But for those who are quick to assume that a child has adhd because he has a lot of energy, take him swimming, go walk around a nature park for a couple hours or get out and play ball with them, then tell me how much energy they have at the end of the day! As parents we have become lazy. We need to get off our butts and spend time with our children doing something constructive![/QUOTE]

I just have to comment on this; it's got more meaning then people think. Activity is a key element!

In fact, in regards to dogs and ADD, I just read from the Humane Society that it is thought to be basically caused when active dogs do not get sufficient exercise. They also mention another intriging cause: if they are accidently rewarded when acting over-excitable!

Hyperactive kids and dogs...could be accidently rewarded with more attention I suppose. They can then associate the action as an attention getter. Behaviors can be learned like anything else in life. How they are learned requires some detective work which is usually not attempted in our rather easy to let a pill do the work society.

Lack of exercise in kids and dogs...they are way too energetic beings not to have tons of activity....but recess is short, physical education is basically non-existant before junior high, and the weekend athlete routine won't help during the week. Kids need vigorous, physical activity to calm them and also sharpen their minds to think clearly...every day in large quantities. They just aren't getting it with all the T.V., video games and piles of homework after a long day sitting at a desk in school.





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