Your Questions About Adhd Cures For Children

Donna asks…

Is Marijuana a cure for ADD?

Ok, I have never smoked a day in my life. However, I’ve heard that marijuana is good for ADD. I have battled with ADD since I was a child. It was so bad it prevented me from graduating high school. I also have never been able to learn how to drive. I’m 19 years old. I can’t take any of the medicine as I have to many side effects. I have taken almost every ADD/ ADHD medicine known to man with no improvements, just side effects. Do you think a Louisiana doctor would prescribe me marijuana? I wouldn’t want to smoke, but if it helps me. Why not? I’m desperate, and tired of being left behind. All because I can’t focus enough to complete any everyday task.

barry jennings answers:

I don’t think so. If you get addicted then it will be worse..

The Effects are..

Short-term:
They suffer loss of coordination and distortions in their sense of time, vision and hearing. Other effects are sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased appetite and relaxed muscles. Heart rate can speed up. In fact, in the first hour of smoking marijuana, a user’s risk of a heart attack increases at least five-fold. School performance is reduced through impaired memory and lessened ability to solve problems.

Long-term:
Long-term use can cause psychotic symptoms. It can also damage the lungs and the heart, worsen the symptoms of bronchitis and cause coughing and wheezing. It may reduce the body’s ability to fight lung infections and illness.

Betty asks…

Is A Learning Disability Covered Under The ADA?

My son is diagnosed with ADHD.
I also think he has some depression as I did as a child, but not diagnosed.
We’ve been taking him to a psychologist that has helped and on meds.
We also have him in LD classes to help him keep up with the rest of his class.
First, is ADHD a uncorrectable disability or can it be “cured” for lack of a better word.
Also if it falls under a learning disability, then does it also fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1994.
What other accommodations can be made for a student to “make it” in school and/or college?

barry jennings answers:

ADHD cannot be cured, but it can be controlled by medication to varying degrees. There are also tricks people can learn to diminish its negative effects.

The ADA does not cover ANY specific disability. But it covers any disability that has a negative impact of a person’s ability to interact with their environment.

If he is taking LD classes you should already know what accommodations are possible. This is something people need to learn for themselves – what specifically works for them – in school, college, employment – life! If you really don’t know you need to make an appointment with the person he works with in his LD classes and find out.

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