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I hope I can be of some assistance to ya'll. First off I use to sell ,I think as of right now, the top medication prescribed for ADHD. I got out because it bothered me when I started to learn more. First and foremost these meds are stimulants, amphetamines, or speed. Would you take these substances yourself. There is no doubt a real ADHD disease state is out there, but not to the extent that we are led to believe in my opinion. Doctors prescribe it to get your kids in there and keep them coming back for check ups. This equals money. How else is a child psych going to make as much money as they do?All these practices were ADHD factories. Kids for the most part don't have ADHD. Kids are just having fun, being kids, being rowdy, especially boys. They use to give us the stats comparing ADHD in boys to girls. Of course boys took the medal in a landslide victory and of course the so called experts said we don't know why that is. Maybe because we have testosterone flowing through our veins. Also I feel from what I saw that there was a corlation between those taking ADHD meds and height. The companies will tell you that the medication has no effect, but go try one of these pills and tell me you feel like eating. Adderall was first developed as an appetite suppressant. They all suppress your appetite. Then once it starts to wear off let me know how the depression is treating you. You will crash. I wonder why there are more problems in schools. One last piece of info. After selling the ADHD drug I went to sell a Parkinsons disease drug to Neurologists. After talking to these physicans and letting them know what I use to sell before we got into some very big discussions. We came to the theory that in the future our society will see an advance in the cases of Parkinsons disease as well as other neuromuscular diseases due to the downregulation of the neurotransmitters and their receptors in the brain because of the ADHD meds being prescribed. This will not be a proportional advance according to population growth. We'll see a larger percentage of the population we feel coming down with these diseases. We could be wrong, but none the less something to think about. If there's any questions I can answer or any help I could provide please let me know. I just wanted to bring your attention to this issue. Take care.
[QUOTE=mack85]I hope I can be of some assistance to ya'll. First off I use to sell ,I think as of right now, the top medication prescribed for ADHD. I got out because it bothered me when I started to learn more. First and foremost these meds are stimulants, amphetamines, or speed. Would you take these substances yourself. There is no doubt a real ADHD disease state is out there, but not to the extent that we are led to believe in my opinion. Doctors prescribe it to get your kids in there and keep them coming back for check ups. This equals money. How else is a child psych going to make as much money as they do?All these practices were ADHD factories. Kids for the most part don't have ADHD. Kids are just having fun, being kids, being rowdy, especially boys. They use to give us the stats comparing ADHD in boys to girls. Of course boys took the medal in a landslide victory and of course the so called experts said we don't know why that is. Maybe because we have testosterone flowing through our veins. Also I feel from what I saw that there was a corlation between those taking ADHD meds and height. The companies will tell you that the medication has no effect, but go try one of these pills and tell me you feel like eating. Adderall was first developed as an appetite suppressant. They all suppress your appetite. Then once it starts to wear off let me know how the depression is treating you. You will crash. I wonder why there are more problems in schools. One last piece of info. After selling the ADHD drug I went to sell a Parkinsons disease drug to Neurologists. After talking to these physicans and letting them know what I use to sell before we got into some very big discussions. We came to the theory that in the future our society will see an advance in the cases of Parkinsons disease as well as other neuromuscular diseases due to the downregulation of the neurotransmitters and their receptors in the brain because of the ADHD meds being prescribed. This will not be a proportional advance according to population growth. We'll see a larger percentage of the population we feel coming down with these diseases. We could be wrong, but none the less something to think about. If there's any questions I can answer or any help I could provide please let me know. I just wanted to bring your attention to this issue. Take care.[/QUOTE]

Yes, I've read all about these things. Neurologists seem to know more about downregulation than other doctors who actually prescribe the meds. You are also right, lots of money is at stake. I guess it's not a matter of whatever ADD is or isn't, but the harm that the "medication" can cause over a long period of time.

They've just discovered from a newer study that rats who were given antidepressants showed serotonin receptor damage. They do not know how much or long this could happen in humans. Of course, more studies will need to be done but without drug co. funding(they'd never fund anything like this for sure) I'm not sure how long it would take for them to be able to continue to explore this.





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