ADHD and Medication: How Do I Make the Decision?!


ADHD and Ritalin


The decision to take medication for ADHD can be complicated for many people.

Often made more complicated by pieces in the media, such as the recent article Ritalin Gone Wrong by Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., (NY Times, Jan. 29, 2012). As Dr Ned Hallowell noted in his response on his blog,  Dr. Hallowell’s Blog, Dr. Sroufe’s article is “inflammatory rhetoric” filled with “scare tactics and wrong-headed assumptions.”

Articles, like Dr. Sroufe’s, can make it more difficult for you to make a decision, as the rhetoric can really cloud your ability to make an informed decision based on facts, if you let it.

To help you arrive at a well thought out decision that works for you I’ve put together a 11 page interactive workbook, ADHD and Medication, designed to help you decide whether you want to include medication as part of a holistic treatment plan for your ADHD.

While there is no right or wrong answer to the question of whether to take medication or not, there are better and worse processes you can use to arrive at your decision.

I hope that you are not swayed by rhetoric, like that of Dr. Sroufe.


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  1. Francine Pickus says

    Very Good as usual!  Such a tough decision–to medicate or not!!  So many pros and cons. I work with lots of families–very difficult for parents/clients to consider!