St John’s Well Child Center (SJWCC) is a faith-based therapeutic centre which offers treatment to young children with diverse emotional and physical problems. The Centre was established in the early 1970s as a residential facility for parents who had found themselves victims of biological, social or legal neglect. Though this is a state-funded centre, the services are free for anyone who needs them. For parents who do not qualify for the St John’s Well Child Care Program, the centre offers free services to families in need. It is also a registered charity under the Care Foundation.
Though St John’s Well Child Center does not prescribe drugs to their patients, there are numerous psychostimulants (including Ritalin) that can be given to the children in treatment. While these medications may help the child suffering from ADHD or ODD, there is no evidence that they will improve the child’s behavior and school performance. On the contrary, some of the children may experience side effects such as insomnia, stomach ache, blurred vision, and dry mouth.
The major concern for many parents is the side effects associated with the psychostimulant drugs that are prescribed to children in the St John’s Well Child Center. The use of antidepressants such as Adderall, Cylert, and Vyvanse can also have a negative impact on the overall health of the child. Though the use of SSRIs such as fluoxetine is helpful in relieving the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it has been found to cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms in the children. In addition, there are a few children who experience psychotic symptoms after taking the antidepressant drug Wortel serotonin reuptake inhibitor (WSI). If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD and has been receiving psychostimulant treatment, it is very important for you to contact your family doctor and talk about the possible risks associated with the use of psychostimulants.