Oh, so we're playing the credential card now, are we? Watch out! This could be dangerous when you know little about those with whom you discuss.
So I'll play: I hold a bachelor's degree in psychology, worked in a lab researching visual attention (from which I have one coauthorship), spending a good deal of time examining attention deficit disorder's effects on basic attentional control, partly in search of a reliable diagnostic tool (as none currently exist) (for which the aforementioned paper provides the theoretical background).
safe to what degree? Research that I've seen has shown administration of methylphenidate to juvenile rats at doses mg/kg equivalent to common therapeutic regimens to cause permanent changes in neural physiology. Keep in mind that this is a DARI, understood to be vastly less neurotoxic than, say, meth (for your kids, desoxyn), and somewhat less neurotoxic than DA releasers that don't affect 5ht. Granted, these are minor changes, not necessarily indicative of 'damage' (increased dendrite proliferation in the frontal lobes, IIRC), but nonetheless alarming.
Please also keep in mind that physiological side-effects which mimic natural stress aren't that healthy, increasing minorly the risk of adverse cardiac events (which is pretty low for youths) but more importantly taking their toll on mental health. Concurrent psychiatric medication to treat stimulants' side-effects in children is rather common in the US.
How well do they 'work'? Research has shown these medications to, on average, lose effectiveness after two years, even with increasing dosage.
If these things work for you, then great, but they're hardly innocuous. What level of disorder warrants exposing children to these dangers without their informed consent?
Doesn't anyone find it weird that everyone is taking super strong psycho-stimulants that can be potentially harmful to the brain because they have been diagnosed with "ADD" ?
I mean I've abused stimulants and they sure make me feel GREAT in terms of working and getting organized (I also think that I am, "ADD", whatever that means). But I do not think stimulants are the answer at all =\
I still feel my best when I physically excersize, eat the right amount of calories and intake of nutrition and take supplaments like fish oil.
I think stimulants aren't really going to help at all. I'm stunned they are still giving them to kids. Seems like the easy way out.
And yes I do have extreme problems with procrastination, laziness and disorganization as well.
I mean, the western world has become ridiculously anti meth. It is seen as the most evil drug to date, with ad campaigns and harm prevention everywhere....Yet we hand out amphetamines like candy to people who can't concentrate. wut.
What are we going to do in 20+ years? Still take stimulants (Perhaps safer ones by then?), or go off them and suffer even worse for all the years spent on drugs.?
Perhaps this is meant for a differen't subject though, and just to contribute....
I find dexedrine to be the smoothest. I feel calm and collected, like I could do anything with ease. Ritalin is too jumpy and the only other stimulant I have tried is street meth and 4MAR.
Just a friendly reminder that recommending harmful substances like cocaine or meth for ADD/ADHD is not allowed and is against the HR goals of this site.
The difference between Desoxyn and street meth is that Desoxyn is d-methamphetamine sulfate rather than d or d/l-methamphetamine hydrochloride. Qualitatively, this makes Desoxyn feel totally not the same (and inferior to) street meth.
i couldn't agree more. i think stimulants can be a useful tool in terms of getting yourself into the kind of habits that are ultimately going to allow you to deal with your ADD w/o drugs (structuring your time, making lists, avoiding distractions, etc.),