Boston Red Sox Player Open About ADHD Med Use

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Boston Red Sox Player Open About ADHD Med Use
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 3:11pm

It's so nice to see a professional athlete be open about their struggles with ADHD and that they use meds to manage it.  Boston Red Sox player, Shane Victorino, is such an athlete: 

The appalling rises in A.D.H.D. diagnoses in the United States have been getting a lot of attention lately, and the issue is certainly worthy of debate. Working in schools, it sometimes feels like pediatricians are handing out A.D.H.D. diagnoses, and an accompanying prescription for stimulants, like candy. The fact that there is no definitive lab test for A.D.H.D. makes these issues even murkier, and leads to all sorts of comments about how children are just too used to being overstimulated every second in this digital age, or how they are being turned into zombies by the pharmaceutical companies.

But for every student who has a little bit of trouble sitting still and following instructions, there are also children like Shane Victorino. Like many children with A.D.H.D., Victorino had significant problems in school, repeatedly got into accidents, and became a constant source of concern to the adults around him. He reminds me of many athletically talented boys with A.D.H.D. I have known who are not just impulsive or energetic, but also perpetually one incident away from being asked politely — or not so politely — to skip Little League tryouts next year.

Read the complete article at: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/a-d-h-d-medication-is-a-hit-for-red-sox-hero/

He is allowed to take the meds under a doctor's supervision, which raises questions on whether he has a unfair advantage over other players.  I was glad to read that he still struggles with controlling his emotions, it shows that meds won't solve all your problems and it's something you have to work on every day.

What do you think of his story?  Why do you think more athletes aren't as open?