A PARENT INVESTIGATES AND DISCOVERS THE HORRIBLE LIE
J D D wrote: Dear Dr. Baughman, Thank-you for your website and tireless efforts to blow the whistle on this horrible lie. My son is 13.5 yrs old and as been on Methylphenidate for 6 years. At the end of last year - because of the advise of the school and the okay of his doctor
we switched to Adderall. He took Adderall for 5 weeks and had a horrible reaction. The school suggested he be evaluated for Oppossitional Defiance Disorder
. That was when I knew I had to investigate further. I read Dr. Breggin's books and spent many hours crying over the harm that has been done to my son. My question is: Is brain atrophy a certainty?
Should I take him to a neourologist? If there is brain cell death
can other parts of the brain take over the functions (Executive thinking skills) that are supposed to be located in the cerebral cortex? Is there a way to determine how much permanent damage has been done (if any)? Should I have his heart checked?
I'm afraid of and for my son. He is a happy, warm, funny, sweet boy most of the time. Since stopping all drugs on Christmas Day 2001 he seems to be opening up more and more - less argumentative, more flexible, shifts gears easier - but sometimes he acts like (although somewhat milder)when he was on Adderall. I don't know if it's normal 13 yr old behavior, he's just tired and irritable, a part of his brain is fried for all time
or if he's having withdrawal symptoms. I know you're very busy but please respond as soon as you can. I'm very worried and don't know what to do. Thank-you!!!! D*****
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