There are many inherent risks involved if diagnosed with Attention Deficit [Hyperactivity] Disorder. I'm noting off my own personal experience, the experiences of my clients, and interviews with children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. This article provides an in-depth look through the eyes of those diagnosed ADD.
It's very common to hear the metaphor, 'living life through rose colored glasses,' however those on mind altering stimulant drugs [commonly prescribed] for those with attention deficit disorder are living life through 'zombie glasses.' No emotions. You do what you're told. You can't eat. Food doesn't taste good. People try to hug you, and you can't hug back. It's like life is white noise.
I had a client, who first started to take stimulants in his early teens to help with school. Then it dragged into college, and he pill-popped for finals week. Often taking triple the recommended dosage of Concerta. He'd stay up all night the day before exams 'high' on the prescribed medication, it helped him study he told me. He later confessed, that he liked the 'high' and often purposely incorporated poor organization into his life so he could rely on the drugs as a 'pick-me-up.'
If you're diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, it's likely you'll always relate to the illness, even if you don't have it anymore. Have you ever met a person who says they're an alcoholic even though they haven't had a lick of booze in thirty years? The same goes for ADD children & adults - the term defines who they are, how they should behave and it stays with them for the rest of their lives. The term ADD itself is stigmatizing.
So what can you do? There are these risks, but they're alternatives. I'm not talking about quick fixes like herbal remedies, or behavioral therapy - although there is this one that works wonders - http://www.ADD-Secret.Net - If you really don't want the risks, I'd check out this site.