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Good read:on ADHD & Meds: ADHD Medications Improve Decision-Making, But Are They Being Over Used? | TIME.com

Good read:on ADHD & Meds: ADHD Medications Improve Decision-Making, But Are They Being Over Used? | TIME.com | Defiant Behavoir | Scoop.it

 

.."Critics have long feared that stimulants simply drug children into submission, turning youngsters into compliant robots with no will to engage in defiant behavior.But few studies have documented the effect of the drugs from the perspective of the children taking them.

So that’s what Ilina Singh of King’s College London and her colleagues did.

 

In the Voices on Identity, Childhood, Ethics and Stimulants (VOICES) study, they interviewed 151 American and British children aged 9 to 14 who were taking medication for ADHD between 2008 and 2010. Their conclusion? “On balance, children report that stimulant drugs improve their capacity for moral agency,” Singh writes, explaining that most felt the drugs allowed them to make better choices. As an American 11-year-old girl told the researchers, “With medication, it’s not that you’re a different person; you’re still the same person, but you just act a little better. Medication will help you control yourself.”

A ten-year-old American boy put it this way: “Medication slows my brain down and makes good ideas stay longer.” Another 10-year-old boy described his ADHD as a “blocker” that prevented him from going the right way. “[The medicine] opens the blocker so you can go [the right] way. But you still have the choice of going the wrong way,” he said.

 

.....The series of studies continue to add to our knowledge about ADHD, and how best to treat symptoms to help students reach their full potential, both academically and socially. But they also highlight the complexity of the condition and the role of environmental factors, not just biology. For those who definitely have the disorder and who do not have intolerable side effects from medication, the results are increasingly clear: stimulant medications don’t turn kids into zombies, but they may prevent crime— and not by suppressing choice, but by allowing freedom from destructive impulses. These drugs are far from a cure-all, but they are also not mere pacifiers..."

 

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/11/26/adhd-medications-improve-decision-making-but-are-they-being-used-properly/#ixzz2DjNep95N


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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a disorder characterized by a pattern of irritable, defiant, oppositional and spiteful behavior (APA, 2013). An oppositional defiant child is always angry, ea...

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This blog lists some interesting risk factors for ODD, which include coercive parenting style or techniques as well as child characteristics that may predispose a child to ODD and likewise parental predisposing factors, and predisposing contextual factors. These risk factors would be important to be aware of when working with children and families when considering a diagnosis of ODD. Other important ideas in the article include the importance of rewarding positive behavior which may not happen often with a child with ODD, parents experience such difficult behavior so frequently they may be inclined to miss or ignore good behavior.  A proper balance is necessary to help illicit more positive behavior which includes clear expectations of behaviors and appropriate consequences when behavior is not met. It made an important point that punishment should be thought out in advance and not dispensed in the heat of  the moment otherwise parents may have a tendency to impose an inappropriate punishment for the behavior exhibited.This article could be helpful for parents with children with ODD in there daily interaction style with children with ODD.

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Motivating Defiant and Disruptive Students to Learn: Passion to Learn

Discipline should be firm, fair and with purpose. The strategies introduced have proven to have great effect on student behavior, creating a much greater foc...
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder from a Kid's Point of View

A Kid's point of view after being diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
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Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: Solutions for Defiant Children

Solution to parenting a defiant child? Experts say praising your kids.
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder on WTNH 8

Dr. Reynolds discusses Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) on Channel 8 in CT.
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder * 2 of 4 - Behavior Modification Program Children

Series of 4 videos for parents seeking information about Oppositional Defiant Disorder. My daughter had ODD and I developed a behavior modification program d...
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