Barnstormin' PMHNP 8,112 Views
Joined Mar 8, '12.
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I agree. After some soul searching on my part, I realize that I object to the appearance of it being presented as a scholarly article which it clearly is not. It would be a better fit if it was titled as an entertainment piece and a disclaimer was posted clearly at the top of the article that it was not intended to be medical advice, although it does present itself as such in my opinion.
Still baffled that a new poster can't send PM's or other stuff yet can come right on the board and post an article which is prominently featured on the front page of AN. Whatever, I'm done with this thread.
"Effect on the developing brain – The main concerns about the use of stimulants is their effect on the developing brain of the child. Constant use can lead to consequences that can be irreparable after the brain stops developing because stimulants can alter their perceptions.
Heart-related problems – Some people may find taking stimulants to fix their ADHD and ADD be the cause of heart problems. If you react badly to any stimulants, stop taking them immediately and contact your doctor.
Psychiatric Problems – There can be several psychiatric problems that are connected to the use of stimulants which is another reason people are unwilling to take them.
Potential for Abuse – As mentioned before, people can develop an addiction to stimulants and also have their minds changed in a negative way."
What IS this??? This is NOT factual. I do not feel the onus is on ME to rebuff this misinformation. Allnurses apparently has no professional judgement and will let brand new posters post their VERY FIRST post in the form of a "thought provoking" article. This is a joke.
ADHD is complex and there are many approaches to treatment including behavioral interventions. To publish this article and to not assume any responsibility for the content shows a lack of professional judgement. Yes, we are expected to be professionals here on Allnurses and respect one another, but in my opinion, this shows NO respect to nurses whatsoever, or to those of us with family memebrs with ADHD, or to those of us with education and experience in treating ADHD.
The title may be asking a question, but the body of the article makes many "claims", many of which I find to be incorrect and show a definite lack of research and supporting literature to said statements. As a PMHNP I find this "article" disturbing and not educational at all. Go post this on the psychiatry forum at SDN and see what kind of responses are forthcoming from the psychiatrists.
How can a person 'decide' when they are not given the correct information.
"Medications can lower the energy amount in children, calming and relaxing them to the point where they simply do not have enough energy to be impulsive."
This statement shows a complete lack of understanding in the actual mechanisim of most medications used to treat ADHD.
I'm a pretty positive, live and let live type of person/poster but these psuedo educational articles are ridiculous.
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