Yeeeah, I appreciate her opinion but its also an opinion and not right for everyone. I was 16 before I was medicated.. sure I feel like maybe starting at middle school may have been better but I don’t know if it would have been good for me before then. I learned coping skills without meds that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise and make it very possible for me to live a live now as an adult free from adhd meds. Would they help me now? Probably. I’m a nurse and it does make me nervous to know I have a lot to remember on a day to day basis so I set alarms and leave myself a lot of notes. The thing that I think a lot of people underestimate in this entire thing is that stimulant drugs cause two things. Vasoconstriction.. which is okay in kids because their vascular systems are brand new and functioning great.. adults on the other hand are another story and these drugs can cause side effects — the worst being a stroke from high blood pressure/ vasoconstriction. Second.. these drugs can effect certain receptors in the long term which can perminantly effect motivation/ drive beyond what is already the problem, in other words you can make the problem worse with long term use of stimulants. People seem to not consider this when considering adhd meds and doctors dont often drive this point home to parents. I am glad I only took adhd meds for about 3 years of my entire ADHD Combined type life. I also had some pretty sad social moments dealing with my adhd that maybe could have been avoided.. but I learned from those events as well. Life is a journey. I just think parents should be really aware of the side effects of long term stimulant use. My 11 year old who has inattentive adhd and is on the spectrum started Concerta this year at 11 years old and it was a game changer. Am I sad we waited. NOPE. Is she sad we waited? NOPE. She has a wonderful self esteem actually. I’m not saying not to medicate because every child is different but thats my point. EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT. Undoubtedly, the authors friend who stopped her in the store should keep her nose out of her brothers kid’s business honestly and refrain from giving her opinion on kids that arent hers but I also felt the article was pushing medication earlier in a way which makes me as a nurse uncomfortable because the downside to starting medication earlier is not mentioned at all and its a HUGE choice.. and a personal choice that should be taken seriously given this is a schedule 1 drug with a high potential for abuse.