I think if a child is being medicated simply to improve behavior, there's an issue.
However, I think if a child is being medicated to address a legitimate medical condition the parent has every right to seek and follow advice of a trained professional who has diagnosed and recommended treatment.
I also think it's inappropriate for a person who has not evaluated a child (or trained to do so) validate (or invalidate) a diagnosis.
ADHD is not a fraud. It is a real, albeit sometimes incorrectly diagnosed, disorder. Studies have shown that individuals that truly have ADHD have brains that function differently than a 'typical' brain - in this case, the way the body hands neurotransmitters varies from the 'norm.' In those cases, medication is needed to regulate the way the brain is handling those neurotransmitters much in the way a child with diabetes is taking medication to help their body better process or produce insulin.
at 12:11 PM on Jun. 20, 2011