By Frank J. Granett R.ph, Special for USDR
During a recent interview with Dr. Charles Shubin M.D. Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, the premature prescribing of stimulant medication in young children was discussed. The negative impact of prematurely medicating children may increase the health risk for additional behavioral challenges including anxiety and minor depression. Over 12 million children and young adults consume ADHD stimulant and psychiatric medications. This rate of consumption represents 3x the world’s children combined, according to data collected by Scientific American. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US college student population.
The underlying cause of ADHD symptoms can be determined by ruling out nutritional, neuro-physiological and environmental risk factors. During the past 40 years, children were assessed for environmental causes to the onset of ADHD symptoms. A profound movement is demanding a more thorough assessment of ADHD symptoms by ruling out nutritional and physiological risk factors as well as environmental factors before prematurely prescribing powerful stimulants to young children. The Action Plan for Childhood Behavioral Conditions as described in The American Epidemic describes how parents with their physician can help their children determine the cause of ADHD symptoms prior to premature drug therapy.
Traditional medicine realizes the societal benefit of a comprehensive assessment process before drug therapy in children. Many medical schools, including Johns Hopkins teach a systematic and individualistic approach of assessment prior to the ADHD diagnosis. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was ranked number one in psychiatry and behavioral health sciences in 2011 by The World News Report. They disbanded from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. The Johns Hopkins Reflections on Clinical Excellence articles provide up to date advances in medical care and teaching. The medical teaching of child ADHD assessment is uncovering advances in the root cause of symptoms….symptoms that are treatable prior to premature drug therapy, and preventing a system that is over-medicating our youth.
For more information on the Action Plan for Childhood Behavioral Conditions visit CAOOY.org