>>AMPHETAMINES. If you don't have a chemical imbalance, you will be stimulated. Similar to meth. So if the kids are falsely diagnosed, they will be "high".>>
I am aware they are amphetamines. FYI, methamphetamine is schedule II and sold under the trade name Desoxyn for the treatment of ADD and morbid obesity.
If you don't believe me, try taking 5 to 10 mg dextroamphetamine and go write an essay or read a textbook. Actually, don't do this, as it would likely be illegal.
Now, if the dose is overshot, top-down attentional faculties will be over-stimulated, leading to the tweaker-syndrome of starting too many projects at once (none of which are ever finished). This is largely true of individuals with ADD as well.
>>I also think that behavioral problems (real problems, not just being a kid) can come from parenting and not a chemical disorder. I understand what Ebola posted earlier, which is that biochemistry can be modified by many things throughout your life. I'm not trying to suggest a simple black and white between the two. But I do feel that many conditions could be treated without drugs.>>
Now, the flip side to my argument that physiology and psychology are intertwined is that non-pharmacological treatments can affect physiology. Cognitive behavioral therapy for the depressed, for example, can alter serotonergic function (in beneficial ways, and without the side-effects of SSRIs).
>>It's just my belief that we are mass medicating our society and teaching our children to turn to drugs (legal ones at that) when things are difficult. Instead of learning real problem solving skills and self help skills.
I largely agree, although this is not really a recent strategy. I believe roughly 60 percent of people need that caffeine to wake up in the morning. And then how many people unwind in the evening with a beer?