Thursday, February 9, 2012 44 Comments
Don’t Drink the Kool-ade
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Why is it so difficult for so many people to hold to that middle ground?”
~ Dr. Edward Hallowell
Regarding the opinion piece “Ritalin Gone Wrong” by Alan Sroufe, Ph.D.
(NY Times, Jan. 29, 2012):
• You don’t have to believe in medication.
• You don’t have to take it.
• You don’t have to give it to your kids.
You don’t EVEN have to do unbiased research before you ring in with an opinion on medication or anything else having to do with ADD/ADHD.
HOWEVER, when you’re writing a piece to be published in a newspaper with the stature of The New York Times, it is simply unprofessional — of the writer, the editors, and the paper itself — to publish personal OPINION in a manner that will lead many to conclude that the piece quotes scientific fact.