Oct 20th 01:56:27 PM
Over-Medicating, An Issue
By Dr. John Ratey, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
So much has been written about the epidemic of stimulant drug use as more and more of our kids are being diagnosed with ADHD and the numbers continue to rise at a steady pace. The misuse and over prescribing of these drugs have short and long term effects on our children. Sometimes, there are healthier options that are overlooked. Several scientific studies show the benefits of exercise in children of all ages, especially addressing attention, executive function, and disruptive behavior. If all of our children were moving we could quite possibly lower prescription drug use in children. Evidence shows that a bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Ritalin and a little bit of Prozac. Exercise should be a part of every child's life!