Not starting a flame war here....but could you clarigy the following?
>>Well, that is not surprising. The most common ADD medications (amphetamine salts or amphetamine pro-drugs) very rapidly wipe out the brain's natural store of catecholamines (norepinephrine and dopamine, both responsible for motivation and attention) and desensitize receptors/pathways the drugs affect. When the drug is withdrawn, the brain literally shuts down. There is little activity in many areas of the brain (especially is those involved in rational decision making)...<<
Peer reviewed citation for this, please?
>>To the OP's point... I don't think skiing can be used to diagnose ADD. "ADD" is overdiagnosed and often really means people are not doing well in a certain environment and may do better in another. Instead of finding the right environment (which can be difficult in some cases such as school) people are put on medicines to artificially produce motivation and work ethic. Skiing may actually be calming/stimulating to people with ADD that have boredom/lack of motivation in other areas of life.<<
Artificially produce motivation and work ethic? That's an interesting way to put it. My son describes the effect of his medication as giving him access to the off button to the 10 radio stations that are playing in his head.
While on this lovely subject, some miscellaneous points...
>>For those that don't know, some ADD medications are CII controlled substances (same category as cocaine)... Using them can elicit dependence and addiction. Furthermore, they can stunt growth in children, and they may dramatically increase the risk for lymphoma, leukemia, and parkinson's disease. They often cause malnutrition and personality disorders as well, and can promote psychotic thinking and grandiosity. On top of all this is pretty serious cardiotoxicity. It is probably best to exhaust ALL other options before putting someone on psychostimulants.<<
Cocaine is used in exactly zero ingested drugs. It's in some eye-drops for opthalmic testing. Stunted growth is directly related to the anorexic effect of the medication. The cure is eating. And I mean anorexic in the medical sense of appetite-suppressant. The link to any cancer or Parkinson's has been debunked. The drug does not cause personality disorders, but it may trigger latent symptoms. Removal of the drug makes the symptoms go away and is usually diagnostic that something else is going on. Citation for cardiotoxicity please? Side-effects are dose-related, and stimulants have a pressor effect. Unless you meant cardiotoxic in the way Phen-Fen was? Methlyphenidate has been used for nearly half a century and the long-term effects are well-documented. Having said that, some people can't take stimulant medications. I would actually be far more cautious using the NON-stimulant medications as their long-term effects are completely unknown. Strattera is a re-branded anti-depressant and Intuive is a re-branded anti-hypertensive. Every responsible physician prescribing any medication is going to start with the lowest dose possible and work up if needed.
>>Before someone flames me for writing this: I was on such medications at prior points in my life. And as such I can authoritatively say this: SKIING SUCKS ON ADDERALL!!!! It is SOOO much more fun without it. Why? Because amphetamines aritificially "hijack" the brain's reward/pleasure centers so normal things that are enjoyable stop being fun... such a buzz-kill in this awesome winter sport.<<
This may be a very accurate reflection of your experience. However, for many kids with severe impulse control issues, skiing can be exponentially more dangerous off-meds.
Everyone's mileage may vary, no?