Monday, July 21, 2003

I tend to agree with the latter view in this article. Foutunatley I don't have to deal with the issue of placing adults (or children) on these medications. Quite a few of my pediatric and adolescent patients are on medications for this. They (and their parents) tend to fall into the pet peeve categories described earlier. While I agree that some patients benefit from this medication I think a great many are put on it because it is an easy out. I mean it is much easier for teachers and school administrators to force parents to put their kids on Ritalin or Adderal or ..... than for them to set limits and discipline their kids. Why don't we all just line up and take our soma? How would this classic model of teenage angst sound on Ritalin?
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