The Atlantic Magazine Questions if ADHD Meds Work

The Atlantic Magazine Questions if ADHD Meds Work
The Atlantic Magazine Questions if ADHD Meds Work
Suzanne B. Robotti
Suzanne B. Robotti Executive Director
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Study: ADHD Symptoms Persist Despite Meds

A new study on ADHD medication from Johns Hopkins was reported in The Atlantic magazine, “Study: ADHD Symptoms Persist Despite Medication in 9 Out of 10 Kids.” It found that 160 out of 180 kids on ADHD medicine still exhibited ADHD symptoms 6 years later. The parents, when interviewed, claimed the ADHD had been chronic through the 6 years.

There were unanswered questions raised by the study: Were the children each prescribed the right medicine for him/her? Did they take the medicine correctly? Were they diagnosed too young? These children were diagnosed at 4-1/2 years old – too young for a full neuropsychoeducational evaluation. So maybe ADHD medicines don’t really manage ADHD. Or maybe some of these kids never had it. Or maybe something else. ADHD/ADD is complicated and approaches to management must change if they are ineffective. No point in continuing to give a child a stimulant drug when it’s not working.

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