The debate on whether ADD and ADHD are true diseases has existed in the medical community since its discovery. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin wrote, “Hyperactivity is the most frequent justification for drugging children. At first, psychiatrists called hyperactivity a brain disease… Now, it’s just assumed to be a real disease, regardless of the failure to prove it so. Biochemical imbalance is the code word, but there’s no more evidence for that than there is for actual brain disease.” A part of this backlash over ADHD’s definition is the debate on what methods are appropriate to treat it.
The use of psychotropic drugs in children has exploded in recent years. The number of prescriptions written for Ritalin has increased by a factor of five since 1991. The production of Adderall and Dexedrine, also used to treat ADHD, has risen 2,000% in 9 years. The increased use of these drugs in the U.S. is abnormal compared to the rest of the world. According to the U.N., the U.S. produces and consumes 85% of the world’s production of Ritalin. The use of Class II controlled substances to alter the behavior of children is disconcerting to many parents and chiropractors. Similarly, so is the issue of whether ADD/ADHD can be properly considered a disease.
Chiropractors do not technically “treat” ADD/ADHD. Even so, the effects of chiropractic care on children diagnosed with learning disorders and hyperactivity have been described in a growing body of scholarly publications. A study published in 1975 compared chiropractic care to drug treatment in children with learning and behavioral impairments due to neurological dysfunction. It was reported that chiropractic care “was more effective for the wide range of symptoms common in the neurological dysfunction syndrome in which 13 symptom or problem areas were considered.” The author also reported that chiropractic care was 24% more effective than commonly used medications. More research exploring the relationship of subluxation correction to brain function is needed. Even so, the dramatic changes that have been reported in children medically diagnosed with ADD/ADHD following chiropractic care must not be ignored.
Every child with a vertebral subluxation needs chiropractic care, regardless of whether or not symptoms are present. By correcting nerve interference, function is improved, with greater expression of human potential. Many parents report the ability to take their children off of their medication. Through this, they also see the personality, will, and soul of the child unfold. As Maria Montessori wrote, “It is easy to substitute our will for that of the child by means of suggestion or coercion; but when we have done this we have robbed him of his greatest right, the right to construct his own personality.”
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