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I want to thank you for writing your book, Running On Ritalin. I am currently reading it and am almost finished with it now. It has been very helpful to me on clearing up many of the concerns and questions I had concerning ADHD and Ritalin. I have read many books on the subject and they take totally opposing views, either completely for the use of Ritalin or completely against it, which makes it very confusing.

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A Powerful Story

My name is Cathy and I have a 10 year old step-son, Justin, who has lived with me about 50% of the time for the last 8 years. Four years ago, he was "diagnosed" (if you could call it that) with ADHD. He was immediately put on Ritalin and has shown absolutely no improvement in the last 4 years. In fact, he is getting worse. We received his report card yesterday...2 Cs and 4 Ds. He has check marks in most of the behavioral areas of the report.

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My son's first evaluation regarding the possibility that he may have ADHD was mainly a series of questions about family history. One of the questions the doctor asked was if my son's father had ever been in jail. I was sort of shocked at first because we divorced now because of his drug abuse but the truth was, he had been in trouble with the law before I ever met him and done jail time for burglary and car theft. Then two years after we divorced he got into big trouble with armed robbery and did seven years in a maximum prison. His parents had gotten divorced when he was about 13 and he dropped out of High School when he was in 10th Grade. When I told the doctor all this she told me that there has been some research done that more than half the prison population has either learning disabilities and or ADD/ADHD and that most of these men were labeled as troubled kids when they were around the age of 12 or 13 and because it was ignored they went on to feel lost, helpless etc. and that ADD/ADHD is inherited.

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