In spite of this, many children get these drugs. Hüther says, that strong interests of different sides are responsible for that. “Parents are helpless and afraid of recrimination, teachers hardly can do their work if three or more hyperactive kids are in their class, doctors believe in a genetic defect and believe in beneficial drugs, and the pharmaceutical industry earns a lot of money, if many children take their pills. It is very difficult to break up such a network of interests”, says the neurologist in an interview with Frauke Obländer-Garlichs from the German family magazine Jako-o.
Children need structures
However, in one point of view, critics and promoters are at the same opinion: the Fidgety Philip syndrome is not new. The difficulty exists for 150 years. The difference between former times and today: “In those days, these children had not attracted attention, because social structures were much harder than today. They had no other possibility than to adapt at these structures. If they ignored the right behaviour, they became beatings”, says Hüther on win-future.de.
Such circumstances nobody wants to get back. Nevertheless, both sides say that regular structures or rituals in daily routine can help children to learn discipline. And: kids must have more possibilities to develop the world with all senses again. If this is enough to control hyperactivity, is unclear. In any case, action and movement has not harmed to any child – if this applies also to Ritalin, nobody still knows.