We recently chose to have our child start medication to help treat his ADHD combined presentation and ODD. Medicating was a decision we did not take lightly and till this day we often question if we are doing the right thing. We are considering ourselves lucky that the first med we tried seemed to have the desired effects with minimal side effects. We also understand that medication is not the solve all answer.
...with that said, we had someone recently tell us "Oh no, you guys are medicating him!"..."You know, he's going to keep needing more and more"..."and you guys are risking him developing schizophrenia!". This person was by no means a medical professional. However, this was a very educated person. My mouth dropped and I was just stunned by that last statement!
I don't know why, but I let it stir up ten-fold the amount of doubt (not to mention emotions) in our choice to medicate our child. I (we) pray for guidance and reassurance daily as we navigate the challenges of our child's diagnoses... and people's opinions!