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Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it. But few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating), and they therefore, do not cooperate with it.

Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself, and the law of being.

As A Man Thinketh, James Allen

One of our main concerns is children diagnosis with ADHD often lack interest in others and in addition are not disciplined in the home and school. Discipline does not mean rewards and punishment.

Professionals such as Dr. Peter Breggin and Dr. Frank Walton are now addressing this concern. In Dr. Walton’s article, Understanding and Helping Children That Meet the Criteria for the Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosis, (Library on our website) he writes:

“Whether the child has failed to develop a sense of caring about fellow human beings by virtue of the above three patterns, or through other patterns, teaching concern for others is paramount for the therapist, the parent, and the teacher.

Finally the therapist must become adept at explaining social interest, its importance in life, its relevance to the child’s specific symptoms, and specific means for parents to help the child learn to respect and care about the welfare of fellow human beings. Some specific means to help accomplish this vital task in the home are as follows:
Draw a firm line when behavior infringes upon rights of others.
Do not allow yourself to be interrupted.
Do not allow the child to command your attention when your rights or the rights of others are being infringed upon.
Give opportunities to children to be a help to others, especially by inviting the child to be involved in a task that is appealing to him or her.”

There are useful ways to work with our children and not by giving them a diagnosis and brain altering medication. Teaching them the golden rule (social interest) and taking the time to discipline, not rewards and punishment, with a quality relationship may be more useful and effective than any diagnosis or medication.