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December 12, 2012

Does Ritalin lead to drug abuse?

While certainly no one factor determines future drug abuse, many parents worry that using Ritalin or other ADHD drugs might lead to later drug abuse. An article carried in the online journal, Neuropsychopharmacology (catchy title), reported on a study attempting to answer this question. The authors of the study were…


Have an ADHD Kid? 5 Tips to Use Less Ritalin and More Parenting
April 26, 2018

Have an ADHD Kid? 5 Tips to Use Less Ritalin and More Parenting

Think the only way to deal with a child who has ADHD is with a stimulant? Think again. More parenting skills and other resources can help your child out more than you might think. What causes hyperactivity and ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)? A combination of temperament, environment and parenting. The…


3 Situations Where a Child May Be Overdiagnosed with ADHD
July 14, 2016

3 Situations Where a Child May Be Overdiagnosed with ADHD

The number of children diagnosed with ADHD has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. But do more kids have ADHD, or are other factors in play? The number of children diagnosed with ADHD has skyrocketed since the early 2000s, and with it, so have prescriptions for powerful stimulant medications —…


Surge in ADHD Prescriptions Filled by Women
January 22, 2018

Surge in ADHD Prescriptions Filled by Women

Attention deficit/hyperactivity drug (ADHD) medication use for women in their late 20s and early 30s jumped 700% between 2013 and 2015, which has raised concerns because there is little information about the drug’s safety before and during pregnancy. Overall, the number of women ages 15-44 who filled a prescription for an…


December 18, 2012

Is ADHD Learned?

Ritalin Gone Wrong(New York Times, January 28, 2012)  is an OpEd piece in which Dr. Sroufe contends that attention-deficit drugs only increase concentration short term. He discusses the history of medical theory on ADHD from the 1960s to today. He notes that the very real possibility that ADHD is affected by experiences…


Some ADHD Drugs May Increase Psychosis Risk
March 27, 2019

Some ADHD Drugs May Increase Psychosis Risk

A commonly prescribed class of drugs used to treat ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) may slightly increase the risk of developing psychosis in teens and young adults. The stimulant medications in question, amphetamines, go by the brand names Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts) and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Researchers examined health insurance claims on…


The Tipping Point of Addiction vs. Pain Management
November 18, 2013

The Tipping Point of Addiction vs. Pain Management

Forget heroin, forget cocaine. Prescription drugs kill more of us than those 2 combined. Prescription drugs can kill when misused by patients in error or by addiction. Approximately 15,000 people died in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available) from overdoses using narcotic drugs like Oxycontin, Percocet,…


ADHD meds may cause sleep problems in kids
December 10, 2015

ADHD meds may cause sleep problems in kids

For some kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stimulant medications used to control symptoms may keep them from getting the sleep they need, a research review from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln confirms. About 3.5 million children who are diagnosed with ADHD are commonly-prescribed stimulant medications like Ritalin and Adderall. The analysis…


ADHD and Homework: Skip the Stimulants in Favor of Behavioral Interventions
September 28, 2016

ADHD and Homework: Skip the Stimulants in Favor of Behavioral Interventions

Behavioral interventions are better than stimulant medication in helping children with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) with completing homework. Researchers enrolled 75 children with ADHD who took part in an 8-week summer school session. The children ranged in age from 5 to 12 years old. The students were given either a…


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