Wow!! That is pretty much what I have to say about the OP's thoughts on ADHD.
My dd was spanked and disciplined for her behavior. We tried everything to help her with her behavior at school and home. I felt like a complete failure as a parent. We didn't just let our daughter "get away" with bad behavior and do what ever she wanted. My ex thought that if we spanked her enough she would be a better child. She had a hard time making/keeping friends, kicked out of daycare, and failing in school. It was by accident that I found out that she might have ADHD. I took her to her doctor and he refered her to a psychologist. They did all sorts of tests on her and after many weeks told me that they felt she had ADHD. Yes! They even put her on medication. (What bad parents we were!!!) After two weeks on the medication my child looked a me and said,"I'm a good girl now mommy!" You haven't spanked me in a long time. I felt horrible.
She was doing HER
best and yet it didn't seem good enough. The medication helped her to concentrate at school, make/keep friends, and over all function in school. In my opinion, ritalin saved her life and allowed her to show her true sweet self. She was able to function and went from the bottom of her class to the top. She still had to use some behavior modifications to help herself, but she did very well. She stopped taking the medications in the 8th grade and continued to be successful. I am so thankful for the doctors and the medication that allowed my daughter to have a normal life through school. I view ritalin no different that a child who takes insulin. My daughter needed
the medication and no amount of spanking, pleading, or anything else was going to change that.
To the OP:
I know that not all children who take ritalin need it, but don't belittle or make light of the children who truly do. My child had a very miserable life and didn't understand why other people didn't like her before she started taking ritalin. Ritalin gave her the chance to have normal relationships. Also, she is now 22 y/o and doesn't have any addictions or problems. ADHD is more that paying attention at school. It effected every aspect of my child's life. It is very heart-breaking to see your child go through the academic and social trials my child went through and not understand how you can help her because you don't understand why she behaves the way she does. Her doctor told me that I was a good parent and had done everything I could to help her. ( I had her organized, on a schedule, and had clearly set limits that were consistantly reenforced.) I gave her love, attention, and anything else I could think of. It took putting her on medication to give her the clarity to use what she had been taught.
Trust me, I prayed a lot and had faith in God's word. It's people like you that generalize and trivialize what hardships people go through. I hope you will do better research the next time you get a thought. Oh, and another thing.... They have found the gene for ADD/ADHD. My child has a mild form of ADHD, my heart goes out to the children and parents of children who suffer with a more severe form.