This is a great article and should serve as a wake up call in regards to prescribing Adderall to young children. I am diagnosed with Adult ADHD, and was a child with ADHD. I am now the parent of two children, both of whom were diagnosed at around 8 years of age.

Both of my children have taken stimulant meds off and on; I am not anti-drug therapy. I think that there is a time and a place for it, and that the decision to control ADHD symptoms with medication is a deeply personal one.

Condemnation serves no one.

However, alternatives to first generation stims are being developed all the time. Some ( like Vyvanse) are still stims, but their structures have been altered to lower abuse potential.

Others, like Intunive, are sympatholytics often referred to as cognition enhancement drugs. Intunive is not a stimulant, though it is sometimes used in conjunction with one. It has some properties that may alleviate symptoms and severity of anxiety.

Strattera has been on the market for several years. Also a non-stimulant, Straterra functions like an antidepressant med, working as a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. It is less often prescribed to children due to potential life-threatening side effects, but it is a possibility.

If someone feels their child would benefit from ADHD meds, luckily their options are expanding.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.