Why Parents Don’t Put ADHD Kids On Medication 

The mothers and fathers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are some of the most supportive parents we have ever seen. They try to understand their kid’s symptoms and triggers from the moment the diagnosis arrives. It doesn’t matter how hectic their careers are. When the offspring needs them, they often come to the rescue. Getting tired of helping the child lead a normal life is not in these adults’ vocabulary either. They merely want the best future for their little one, disabled or not.


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If we try to think of an activity that parents of many ADHD kids do not support, it is the idea of medicating the children. Some agree to do it at first when the specialist advises it, but they eventually decide against it after a few months. Others who made background research about the drugs before meeting the doctor tend to say no to routine medications. “When people think about attention deficit disorder (ADHD), they usually consider it a childhood problem. However, a large proportion — between 30 and 70 percent — of children with the condition remain affected throughout adulthood.” Ben Martin, Psy.D explains.

The question is, “Why?” Why do moms and dads decline to treat their kids with pills if the medical society promotes this treatment?

Well, feel free to go through each reason below.

  1. There Is The Possibility Of Over-Diagnosing

The first issue is the capability of a mental health professional to honestly tell whether the child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or not. It is typical for trustworthy doctors, after all, to observe the young patient for months or years before giving a diagnosis. The waiting game allows them to rule out the chances of the kid being misdiagnosed since his or her actions may only be similar to some symptoms of ADHD.


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In case you come across a hasty specialist, however, that person will claim that your child indeed has the disorder halfway through the first consultation. No careful observations get conducted; your stories are his or her sole basis. Because of that, it is smart for a parent to not believe the doctor’s diagnosis at once and ask for a second opinion.

  1. Overprescription May Be Taking Place

In line with the likelihood of over-diagnosing ADHD, there is also the problem of giving children the wrong drugs. According to Express Scripts, the sudden rise of the number of patients receiving medication for the said disorder is quite suspicious. It is not only the kids who take them, you see. The adult count jumped by two-thirds from 2008 to 2012, which makes it appear that physicians may be saying that the cause of anxiety or mood disorders is ADHD without comprehensive analysis.

The result of that is none other than overprescription. Patients get medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but the reality is that they carry an entirely different condition that may remain unknown until they talk to another doctor. That is something that parents don’t want their kids to suffer from; that’s why they avoid prescription drugs as much as possible. “It’s important to underscore here the importance of monitoring your mental health and knowing how different medications and lifestyle changes can impact your mental health.” A reminder from Julia Hogan, LCPC

  1. Other Treatments Are Available

Lastly, the parents are very much aware that no one in history has overcome ADHD, regardless if the person has been taking drugs or not. You can only subdue its symptoms at times or keep the child away from triggering factors. There is no medication, however, that can eliminate the disorder up to this day. You can read more about it at websites like www.babble.com and www.babycenter.com.

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Because of that, plenty of mothers and fathers lean towards therapy. It comes in different forms that kids may love. The treatment is non-invasive and does not have probable side effects, which is not easy to guarantee when it comes to prescription drugs. Others change their child’s diet or introduce a new hobby to exhaust his or her excessive energy.

In Conclusion


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It is undeniable how much doctors want to give relief to patients. They examine everyone who comes to their office with thoroughness. They study the person’s case and try to offer a solution for the disease.

“The very nature of ADHD implies that the child will have difficulty with self-control, paying attention, listening to instructions at home and school, and following directions.”  Kara Tamanini, M.S., LMHC said. Nevertheless, nobody can blame the parents of young patients for not buying the talks about the benefits of ADHD medication. Perhaps when there is substantial evidence that the drugs can cure the disorder, they will consider asking for prescriptions. While there’s no guarantee about that, however, these people will undoubtedly shield their child against such treatment.



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Marie Miguel

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