Minimum Max

Many, many, many students are falsly identified and stigmatized by this label–(now I’m redundant and I know that) .  Read your classmates’ comments before you comment and maybe we can discuss in class the dilemma this causes unneccessarily for many young people.  Jan Kollitz

18 responses to “Minimum Max

  1. ADD medication seems to be a simple solution to a not-so-simple problem. We take kids who are different from other kids their age and make try to make them the same. A kid has a harder time focusing than others, so naturally the response is to drug him/her so that he/she is the same as them. Any real sense of individuality in children is quickly eradicated from the start.

  2. The video titled “A Shocking Report on Education” seems to be a great possibility as to why minimum Max is being prescribed “medicine.” I can completely understand the negative side effects of the Pharmaceutical companies pushing these “meds” in the name of “better health.” I was prescribed painkillers for my back and no pain relief was EVER felt while I was on these pills. Why would anyone continue prescribing these “medicines” if the result is not what was expected or wanted? Money.

  3. The video titled “A Shocking Report on Education” seems to be a great possibility as to why minimum Max is being prescribed “medicine.” I can completely understand the negative side effects of the Pharmaceutical companies pushing these “meds” in the name of greater health. I was prescribed painkillers for my back and no pain relief was EVER felt while I was on these pills. Why would anyone continue prescribing these “medicines” if the result is not what was expected or wanted? Money.

  4. Pills can change a persons mood and there minds. Theses kind of medications that are supose to help can make a person feel completly diffrent. which in maxs case he does not want to take the pills cause it changes who he really is.

  5. This video was very eye opening because I recently had a friend that was on ADD pills and he hated it. I thought the pills did not change a persons personality, I thought the pills only changed the persons attention span but I was wrong. My friend told me when he took the pills he felt depressed because he felt trapped in his own body. He said “I did not feel like myself” so he stopped taking his pills and I noticed the change. I belive that doctors should not prescribe the kids pills but give them advice on excercising outside allowing them to get rid of all that extra energy.

  6. pills or no pills? I ‘am sure it is very difficult for max to juggle tutoring, school, taking numerous pills and on top of all of that maintaining some state of happiness. In the end, I think he made the right choice by choosing no pills which gives him more happiness.

  7. I’ve heard a lot about this ADD/ADHD thing. And it isn’t real. Its children being neglected or not getting the right amount of attention from their parents. Its not the childs fault, its the parents.

  8. Healthcare is a business! Which include the pharmacuetical companies that have lobbied Washington so much, dropping millions of dollars a year, they have compromised the politicians ability to pass ethical legislation to set up industry wide standards on the dispensing of such medications to minors. Also, I seriously believe some doctors have forgotten the Hippocratic Oath, and worry more now on getting paid. Most doctors would choose another career and just under half would choose a career in medicine if they had it all to choose over again. Perfect storm: aggressive pharmacutical companies and apathetic providers.

  9. this video has a very powerful message.
    we do not take into consideration why a child is behaving a certain way
    or what a child may be suffering from
    our quick and easiest response is to medicate or “fix” this child
    however, we should be more embracing
    we need to let this children know that they are not broken they are different and we are all different
    its not the children who need fixing
    its how we view them that needs to be fixed

  10. In response to Angela, my cousin experienced the calming effects of caffeine too. It doesn’t make sense to people, but it worked.

    In response to the video, I truly think communication can solve (or at least help) any feelings Max is experiencing. Communication requires a sender and a receiver. Max is sending his message. He hates the way medications make him feel. But who will be the receiver?

    Unfortunately, drugs will always be thrusted upon people because pharmaceutical companies need their money!

  11. When I was in elementary school my teach told my mother I might have ADHD; fortunately my parents did not believe it. I remember my school teacher used to tell me an adult only could fully focus for less than an hour. For kids it’s much less. When the classed arranged 6 hours per day, children definitely cannot concentrate.

  12. Its pretty awful that instead of spending time with your child, you can just send him to the doctor and drug him up. It doesn’t seem fair to the child, especially if he hates being on these pills.

  13. When a child is diagnosed with ADHD the simple solution to the child’s diagnosis is simply by giving him or her medication. If it fails they are just given different types of medication. However, a drug-free treatment for ADHD is behavioral therapy .The best results usually occur when a team approach is used, with teachers, parents, and therapists or physicians working together. Parents need to be more educated on ADHD, and not assume that medication is the only answer.

  14. My boyfriend actually struggled with this growing up and still struggles a little bit with it now (He’s 24 years old). His mom put him on medication, but like Max he didn’t like the way it made him feel. So he had to find creative ways to help him focus. Here are a few of the tricks he came up with that really helped him: One, he started exercising on a routine basis. Two, he drank caffeine (I have no idea how that helped, but I would have to guess that it had something to do with caffeine’s stimulating effect on the nervous system). Lastly, he would find “a well executed distraction.” So he would find things that interested him and focused on learning about those things in between studying for mandatory, yet mundane things like Math. This way he was able to stay engaged in the learning process without getting bored.

    On another note, I’m quite proud of the way Max shared his feelings so that the world could understand what it’s like to have ADD. Hopefully this will spark a new take on how we help people that think and process information in this manner.

  15. I don’t know how prevalent is ADD in this country now, but I am sorry to learn that there does not seem to be many effective medications around. As a parent, I really hope there are better drugs or therapies being developed, or even better, a preventive measure that help all our children avoid getting the illness.

    • I don’t believe ADD or ADHD is a disease. I believe it is a problem of adults around the child who have failed to address the whole child and the child’s personal interests and talents and want to find an easy “cure” by issuing drugs that don’t help. These adults are not necessarily parents, but educators that don’t understand how to cope with the child. Review the video in the American Culture section “A Shocking Report on Education” and what the narrator of this insightful video has to say about ADD and ADHT.

  16. The ending t this video is perfect. Max does not refer to himself as medicated or non medicated, just simply happy. Max’s video shows the viewpoint of how a child feels once they are giving this medication to help them “focus.” Whenever you hear of medicine for ADHD you only hear why doctors, teachers, or parents recomend it. You hear from people who do not use it, how do they know it is good medication. I would like to see more videos where the people who are medicated share how they feel about being drugged to help them focus.

    • I would never purposely give my child a drug that bends the mind. Talk to children and give them interests. Usually kids who are given these drugs are just bored, so they don’t concentrate. I applaud parents who take the time to help their children overcome.

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