Posted by: Mommy | 2010-08-31


Use of Ritalin

My child has seen the psychiatrist and she has a concentration problem and was put on 1 month''s supply of Ritalin. However, I have heard so many bad things about this, children dying, comparing this to cocaine, I just read and hear bad things about Ritalin. I am a very concerned parent as I don''t want anything to happen to my child should I continue using Ritalin and is this really a bad medication. What other suggestions would there be to help with this condition.

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Mommy,

The negative aspects you have mentioned above have been sensationalised somewhat, Yes, Ritalin is a powerful powerful medication and in my opinion medication should always be the last resort.

Changing your child's diet by eliminating (where possible) sugars and preservatives will provide a good start. Implementing routines and a reward system for positive behaviours will also help your daughter to begin to regulate her own behaviour. (For some children where ADHD tendencies are very high, controlling their own behaviours is not possible - it will depend on each child.)

Ritalin does work IF it is the correct medication for the child (Concerta and Strattera are also available), and the dosage is monitored (you should visit your prescribing doctor every 6 months to check the dose is still correct.

Please contact ADHASA at or (011) 888 7655 and see if there is a support group in your area. It is always beneficial to speak to people who have been through the same processes you are going through and get their views on the mater. Be advised though that most people are either strongly for or strongly against medication - you will need to keep an open mind and make a decision for yourself.

Good luck,

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Posted by: Alternative to Ritalin | 2010-09-03

doctors do not provide parents with the alternative options such as play therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, neurotherapy, biofeedback and physiotherapy or remedial. research these  natural alternatives, as well as dietary suggestions

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