My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Drugging boys...

This article from the Daily Telegraph in the UK doesn't mention that most Ritalin prescriptions go to boys.
The over-prescribing of the drug Ritalin to children diagnosed with alleged behavioural problems is a growing scandal, a leading scientist said yesterday.

Baroness Greenfield, a neuro-scientist and president of the Royal Society, said the overuse of of the drug should be addressed as a matter of urgency.

In a House of Lords debate on science and education, she said children's inability to pay attention might simply be the result of too much time spent on a computer screen, or watching television where only short attention spans were needed.

"I am not proposing that we become information technology Luddites but we could be stumbling into a powerful technology, the impact of which we understand poorly at the moment," she said.

"The problem with these drugs (such as Ritalin) is that they do not target a single trait such as mood, or concentration or wakefulness.

"Drugs will manipulate in a very 'broad spectrum' way the chemicals in the brain that in turn could have both widespread and also long lasting effects."

She said that with all the new technology in schools and at home, "we must … ensure that the classroom will fit the child and buck the growing trend for the child to fit the classroom".

The number of children being prescribed drugs for so-called behavioural disorders has soared, causing alarm that they are being unnecessarily "drugged into submission".

Prescriptions of methylphenidate - most commonly sold as Ritalin - rose to 359,100 in 2004, a rise of 344,400 since 1995. Figures from the Prescriptions Pricing Authority revealed there had been a 180-fold increase in prescriptions since 1991 when only 2,000 were issued in England.
And, Ritalin's effects?
"Children are being drugged into submission," said a spokesman.

There are no medical tests for ADHD and children are diagnosed on the basis of their behaviour and questionnaires that ask if a child displays symptoms including restlessness, inattentiveness and fidgeting.

But American research found that Ritalin may cause lasting changes to the brain. In a study by the Harvard Medical School, healthy rats given the drug in their infancy were found to have a reduced sense of pleasure and were more prone to signs of despair during adulthood.

Prof Peter Hill, an honorary consultant in child psychiatry at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, believes that the concept of ADHD had become popular, "partly because it offers an alternative explanation for antisocial behaviour, other than imperfect parenting".


Blogger Roy Eappen said...

Great post. This is all part of a war on boys!!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Jasonmark said...

From Israel- about ADHD

Well, there is a very successful technique developed in Israel for helping ADHD naturally called BEING IN CONTROL - integrating biofeedback, accelerated learning strategies- and sensory integration.

Dear Parent , ADDER -educator, student, therapist- thank you for your attention- I would like to mention that I just released two new video/kits on natural solutions to help ADHD "Being in Control: Natural Solutions for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Test Anxiety"
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Video one description: BEING IN CONTROL:Natural Solutions For ADHD Dyslexia and Test Anxiety

Do you, your child, or client want to be a better student? Is it hard for you to sit quietly in class and concentrate? Do you have a problem preparing homework? Do you want to pass exams with less pressure? Then this video may be for just for you. Taking the concepts, techniques, and exercises from the original book "BEING IN CONTROL- Natural Techniques For Increasing Your Potential And Creativity For Success In School" (ISBN-9659025114)" and making them come alive with a 40 minute video rendition. The video portrays in a "roadmap" format topics for improving relaxed concentration for the classroom and when preparing homework -like increasing self confidence; relaxed concentration; seated yoga; creativity; time management; organisation of material; sensory integration; using our senses to relax; biofeedback; games; better cursive handwriting; speed reading; test taking strategies and more. In addition to the CD ROM and book-BEING IN CONTROL/kit - also included are 2 finger temperature strips biofeedback monitors used by many biofeedback practitioners for measuring relaxation- stress levels. Produced and edited with Windows Movie Maker 2 and can be played on Windows Media Player.

And a second video -"Guide To GSR Biofeedback For The Natural ADHD
Podcast Interview with The ADHD Specialist about using GSR biofeedback in ADHD:

The video describes how to use GSR
biofeedback techniques as an physiological objective measure of
relaxed concentration in ADHD and then describes natural techniques
that stabilise the GSR ( electro dermal activity) in ADHD. This
work is based on the finding during my research since 1991 on ADHD
that ADHD people are lacking the natural perception of relaxed
concentration and have to be trained to gain or re-gain this
perception. The work also found whereas the simpler GSR was used to
teach relaxation it was overlooked as a tool to teach concentration
being dwarfed by neurofeedback. My research also found that the new
feeling of relaxed concentration in ADHD is claimed by many ADDer's
to subjectively "feel" better than medication. It also found that
when the feeling of relaxed concentration is lacking- it is actually
stressful to try to relax if you do not know how and this may be
measured objectively by GSR. The research also found that once this
measure is obtained- a variety of client specific techniques can be
tried to find which techniques is matched to that person. My hope is
that this valid measure will be used as a future screening test in
ADHD clinics and schools.

Podcast Interview with The ADHD Specialist about using GSR biofeedback in ADHD:

This GSR guide video is in a package with the book BEING IN CONTROL, the video
ANXIETY, and a research paper showing the science behind the

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3:13 AM  
Blogger jw said...

"They're only boys. It's not as if they were real humans."

I really do think that this "quote" is an accurate reflection of the feelings of people in the first world.

5:28 AM  
Blogger USMale said...

I worked for 2 years in the San school system as a counselor in training and I came to the conclusion that in addition to such acronmyns as DWB (Driving While Black), we should add SWM (Studying While Male). The schools are utterly dominated by women (of both genders) and they see boys as pathological to begin with. Sometimes ADHD is code for being a 12 year old boy.
Many of the boys in question also came from homes that were, to put it kindly, chaotic. I'd be edgy, too. Some kids do need some help via pharmacology, but this stuff is way way way overprescribed.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fear would work just as well as Ritalin.

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