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Medicating Kids for Behavioral Disorders: What Do You Think?

The decision to give a child drugs for any reason is never an easy one.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to medicating children for behavior issues:

Parents who make the decision to give their kids prescription drugs to combat behavioral issues surely don't come to that decision lightly. Yet, those who critique the choice -- and there are many who do -- say the pills are an easy way out -- for the parents -- who would rather drug their kids than take the time to parent.

We want to know what you think:

What do you think about medicating children for behavioral disorders?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Philipsburg, N.J.  

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

fasod March 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM
I agree!!! The problem today is parents can not discipline their children as our parents disciplined us. If the children would get a good ass whipping, as we did, I do not believe we would be seeing all of these "so called" behaorial problems. They have to know there are consequences for their actions, not take a pill.
fasod March 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Medication has its place with people with diseases and/or mental illness. But if medicating your children instead of disciplining them is your answer, the no. You also have to keep in mind the side effects or the long term effects these medications will have on them that no one even know yet. Be a parent and parent, not medicate.
fasod March 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM
I agree. Discipline is the key.
Heather N. March 29, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Here's a really interesting article that addresses the role that age plays in ADD/ADHD diagnosis: http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/05/health/adhd-diagnosis-youngest-kids/index.html?iref=obinsite
Aaryn (Abby) Balliet-Kalis April 13, 2012 at 03:09 AM
So you're saying me, who was diagnosed with childhood schizophrenia and bipolar disease, should just be beaten because that's the obvious cure? Oh, I see, they get hit to hard, they come to you right? Go home, you're not a doctor.

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