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At least 10,000 American toddlers, either two or three years old, are being given medications like Adderall for ADHD. They are being diagnosed with a behavioral disorder sometimes before preschool, and before they ever meaningfully interact with another person.

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  • BenEspen

    BenEspen 6 years, 6 months ago

    Given the way a lot of adults use Adderall to improve focus and memory, it isn't really surprising that you see some results. However, that isn't the same as saying it is a good idea.

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    • glen

      glen 6 years, 6 months ago

      I agree with you there. I'd rather see us as a society turn more education on the studies that show other "homeopathic cures"* than medication. For example, tons of studies have shown exercise, diet and sleep all play incredible roles in our memory, focus, mood, etc. etc.

      I'm a pretty flighty guy--ask @brian--but my focus can always be improved by a walk, a nap, or eating food that's good for me. Just my experience, anyway. I think society struggles with this as a whole with the amount of crap we eat and the amount of time we spend on our butts inside.

      *I hesitate to call them homeopathic because they're almost common sense.

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      • elsueco

        elsueco 6 years, 6 months ago

        I believe you mean "holistic" (characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease), rather than "homeopathic" which means bullshit sold by con artists.

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  • Nickolas

    Nickolas 6 years, 6 months ago

    What is amazing, sad and dangerous is that these drugs are powerful and directly influence the nervous system. A nervous system that in children is being built everyday. I would recommend that you watch the Frontline episode "The Medicated Child" to see what the affects of these drugs have on children that will ultimately disable them in the long run. We need to quit playing God with our children and medication. We need to question the doctors, big pharma and the scientists that support this crap. Glen is right on this. In addition to getting rid of the drugs and dealing with a temporary problem they need to deal with it without drugs or even giving the child an iPad or iPhone to play with.

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