Is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Treatment Using Psychotropic Drugs Harmful?

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Despite the efficacy of attention deficit hyperactive disorder treatment using medications, notably using stimulant drugs, there are still many non-believers out there. This group of people strongly believes that psychotropic drugs are ineffective and dangerous for the treatment of ADHD.

Claiming that drugs had been overused, they advocate using behavioral therapy instead because ADHD deals with human behaviour.

They lambasted the pharmaceutical industry for immorally capitalizing on many people's faith in pharmacotherapy to treat this disorder. It has been reported by many journals and research papers that expenditure on psychotropic drugs to treat a gamut of disabilities run into billions of dollars annually.

By logic, one would think that if the demand for these drugs is so high, it must be because they have been beneficial to the users. But the anti-pharmacology intervention crusaders believe that this group of people had basically been brainwashed and had never given behavioral therapy a chance.

But the thing is that if you read the literature carefully, some of the champions of attention deficit hyperactive disorder treatment using behavioral therapy will claim that hundreds of thousands of people die annually because of the usage of psychotropic drugs. If you did deeper, they do not have anything solid to back up their claims. For all you know, these people died due to other problems or drugs, and not because of psychotropic drugs.

Be careful also when reading published materials which condemn the use of medication to treat ADHD. Quite a number of the writers like to use bombastic words and they have a tendency to oversimplify and exaggerate the examples used to illustrate their point.

They also tend to ignore the many research findings by established universities that medicated therapy has been very useful and effective in treating ADHD in many cases.

The truth is that under the watchful eyes of a skilled doctor, psychotropic drugs are useful for children and adults with ADHD. But the key element to take note of here is that the doctor concerned must be an expert in ADHD, not some general practitioner.

Nonetheless, these champions of using behavioral therapy for ADHD do have some good arguments. ADHD, in a nutshell, is not a disease but rather a behavioral problem. Because nearly all behaviors are learned, it can be un-learned by using learning-base interventions.

Another good thing which crusaders of anti-pharmacological interventions have done for the society is that they have awaken the general public on the risks of taking psychotropic drugs and what a conducive learning environment could do for attention deficit hyperactive treatment.

Corrie Banji is a freelance writer and has written on many topics for magazines and newspapers. Her latest work is about What is ADHD and ADHD diet.

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