I believe a child deserves a thorough examination of all potential reasons for their behaviors before being given drugs which are blackboxed and untested on the pediatric group. My godson, who I had temporary custody of, had a minor heart attack on a trial of Risperidone, for what the psychiatrist suspected to be austism in combination with ODD and ADHD. The absolute scariest thing I've ever been through. So many of these drugs are household names, and as a result, their strength and severity are often taken for granted. Ritalin is also an extremely dangerous drug. A misdiagnosis is no joke at all.