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Sun May 18, 2014, 01:20 PM

NYT: Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/us/among-experts-scrutiny-of-attention-disorder-diagnoses-in-2-and-3-year-olds.html

Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries
By ALAN SCHWARZMAY 16, 2014



Susanna N. Visser presented a report on Friday at the Georgia Mental Health Forum in Atlanta on the diagnosis and medication for A.D.H.D. in young children. Credit Dustin Chambers for The New York Times

ATLANTA — More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are particularly prone to be put on medication such as Ritalin and Adderall, is among the first efforts to gauge the diagnosis of A.D.H.D. in children below age 4. Doctors at the Georgia Mental Health Forum at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where the data was presented, as well as several outside experts strongly criticized the use of medication in so many children that young.

The American Academy of Pediatrics standard practice guidelines for A.D.H.D. do not even address the diagnosis in children 3 and younger — let alone the use of such stimulant medications, because their safety and effectiveness have barely been explored in that age group. “It’s absolutely shocking, and it shouldn’t be happening,” said Anita Zervigon-Hakes, a children’s mental health consultant to the Carter Center. “People are just feeling around in the dark. We obviously don’t have our act together for little children.”

Dr. Lawrence H. Diller, a behavioral pediatrician in Walnut Creek, Calif., said in a telephone interview: “People prescribing to 2-year-olds are just winging it. It is outside the standard of care, and they should be subject to malpractice if something goes wrong with a kid.”

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A version of this article appears in print on May 17, 2014, on page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries.

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Reply NYT: Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries (Original post)
proverbialwisdom May 2014 OP
hlthe2b May 2014 #1
Ilsa May 2014 #2
postulater May 2014 #3
proverbialwisdom May 2014 #4
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Sun May 18, 2014, 01:26 PM

1. Unbelievable.. n/t

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Sun May 18, 2014, 03:39 PM

2. Diagnosing and medicating for ADHD at that age

is irresponsible. Guess what? Toddlers are high energy, self-involved creatures. They are exploring and don't listen to others all of the time because walking gives them opportunity to be this way.

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Sun May 18, 2014, 05:21 PM

3. Clearly a Ritalin deficiency.

Hopefully the gene for that will be located soon so the proper drug can be patented.

They can just add it to the MMR and protect us from the horrors of energetic children.

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Wed May 21, 2014, 04:20 PM

4. I agree with every word of your post iff the Grateful Dead lyric is as sarcastic as the rest, lol.



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Wed May 21, 2014, 04:33 PM

5. Recent related subversive humor from The Onion, here. DISCLAIMER: IT'S SATIRE/JUST A JOKE.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/pharmaceutical-industry-reeling-as-more-moms-makin,36028/

Pharmaceutical Industry Reeling As More Moms Making Vaccines At Home
NEWS • Trends • Medicine • News • ISSUE 50•19 • May 14, 2014


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Many mothers say they “just feel better” about giving their child a hepatitis A shot they made in the kitchen themselves.

NEW YORK—A wave of concern reportedly spread through the pharmaceutical industry this week as several major drug companies reported a dip in quarterly earnings, with experts placing the blame largely on the growing trend of mothers choosing to make vaccines for their children at home.

According to medical industry observers, the homemade inoculations, which are often assembled from scratch in kitchens or atop home craft tables, have become increasingly popular due to their low cost, their do-it-yourself appeal, and rising parental unease over the quality and origins of the ingredients in mass-produced immunizations.

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“Enough people were complimenting my measles vaccine that I now make a couple extra vials on purpose,” said Theresa Berman, a Fresno, CA mother of two, who revealed that her “secret ingredient” is a pinch of ginger. “It may not be as flashy as MMRV ProQuad, but it has the exact same WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts and MRC-5 cells as the brand-name variety.”

“Plus I print out my own cute little labels for the syringes,” she added. “Moms love it.”

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Wed May 21, 2014, 06:26 PM

6. That's hilarious. "Moms love it. "

I've become so cynical over the years that sarcasm is the best I can do.

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