/Trick or treat! Schedule II amphetamines!

Trick or treat! Schedule II amphetamines!

Beware little witches, superheroes, and vampires! Beware, not of the candy that could rot your smiles, but of appearing too hyper.

I can already hear the maniacal laughs resonating from the dark shadows; laughing of pharmaceutical companies spying on potential ADHD patients who skip merrily from door to door, amassing copious amount of hyperactive treats.

The present obsession with a “disorder” of hyperactivity simply stuns me, as it should you. When the psychiatric community looks to prescribe a child who has trouble focusing in an atmosphere of mundane repetition (school) with a disease whose characteristics are inherent to the nature of children, causality should be investigated.

And as the adult “market” for anti-depressant drugs became saturated years ago, it’s no wonder that research funding targeted a new, fresh market: children. And so was the dawn of lobbying such Schedule II, addictive drugs as Ritalin and Adderall.

These prescription medications, which not only have negative health effects such as weight loss, stunted growth, cardiac arrhythmia, psychosis, paranoia, irritability, and hallucinations, but which can also be easily misused or inhaled, only ensure through their accessibility an in-school trafficking of a psychostimulant drug that has the same pharmacological effects as cocaine.

If only there were an alternative to this madness.  Like, oh…behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, or even music therapy!

Music therapy may sound like some idea which sparked around a campfire of singing hippies, but it, and particularly rhythm therapy, has made its way into the respected medical community.

In a study done by Harold Russell, a clinical psychologist and adjunct research professor, 40 schoolboys were attached to an electroencephalograph, a device that measures the electrical impulses of the brain. After measuring the frequencies at normal concentration, Russell used light and sound stimuli to cause brainwaves to resonate in time with a faster pulse, or rhythm.

The result? Not only did the subjects exhibit increased concentration, but also showed lasting gains in concentration, increased performance on IQ tests, reduction in behavioral problems, and improvements in reading, spelling, and auditory memory functioning.

Shockingly, light and sound neurotherapy can also be utilized in people suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addictive disorders.

Why more money isn’t being poured into lobbying alternative, contemporary therapies which could alleviate a major drug problem within America is quite disturbing. All that is necessary is consciousness and vehement support.

That and refusing to let pharmaceutical companies choke you with their tricks, and treats.

Alyssha Ginzel

Guest Columnist