You are right – everyones path to wellness is different and I would never tell you how to parent or raise your child. This was just our path for all it is or not worth. Based on the MTA study however medications seem to work in the short term but over the long term kids with ADHD wether on medications or not don’t do as well as their non ADHD peers – lower college success, more chance of being on disability etc. So I think all that really says is for a parent that you have to be on top of stuff, educated about the medications and alternatives, watching for side effects and you won’t get all the answers you need from your doctor. But remember ADHD has never been proven to a be a defect in the manufacture of stimulants/Ritalin in the brain so what is the medication actually treating.