Mom of girl, 12, who fatally stabbed brother said she was on ADHD meds
Oklahoma Girl’s Mother Blames Medication for Fatal Stabbing of Brother
The grieving mother of an Oklahoma girl who fatally stabbed her younger brother in a “demonic” rage has revealed in an interview with NewsNation that she believes her child’s ADHD medication was to blame. April Lyda said that since resuming the medication, her daughter had become angry for no reason, leading to a manic episode in which she killed her brother. The girl had been taken off the medication after cutting her arms, but when her grades dropped on her return to school, her doctor advised that she start again. The Tulsa District Attorney’s Office has not released any details of the case due to the girl’s age.
What is ADHD medication?
Medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can include stimulants such as methylphenidate and amphetamine, which can help improve focus and reduce impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Can ADHD medication have side effects?
Like all medications, ADHD medication can cause side effects. Common ones include decreased appetite, problems sleeping, and stomachaches. Rarely, serious side effects such as heart problems can occur, and some people may experience mood changes or aggression.
Could ADHD medication cause someone to be violent?
There is no evidence to suggest that taking ADHD medication can directly cause violent behavior. However, as with any medication, a person’s response may vary, and side effects such as mood changes or irritability are possible. It is important to discuss any concerns with a healthcare provider.
ADHD Medicated Mom of 12-Year-Old Girl Who Stabbed Brother to Death.
The mother of the Oklahoma girl accused of fatally stabbing her younger brother in a “demonic” rage says her daughter’s ADHD medication played a role in the killing. April Lyda says her daughter became angry for no reason while taking the medication, but it wasn’t until the girl had a manic episode that the medication was stopped. “So I immediately took her off. Unfortunately, it was too late. The damage was done,” said Lyda. The girl had been on the medication for five years straight but was taken off it because she wanted to see if she could do her schoolwork without it. Darcy Sterling, a licensed clinical social worker, says she’s skeptical that the medication was the only factor involved in the tragedy. The girl has been charged with a crime but because of her age, the Tulsa District Attorney’s Office cannot release any information about the case.