March 24th, 2010
A recent study found that in the long run ADHD prescription drugs are ineffective at best and, at worst, have negatively affects classroom abilities. This long-term research, published in February 2010, casts considerable mistrust on the positive factors of applying stimulant prescription medication to treat ADHD children.
Researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia monitored 131 boys and girls and found that stimulant ADHD prescription drugs like as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall do not necessarily improve social or emotional well-being and actually harmed academic functioning.
In fact, using stimulant medications was found to substantially step-up the possibility of being identified as performing under age-level by a teacher. Kids who used stimulant medicines for ADHD were more than 10 times likely to be identified as performing below age-level when when compared to ADHD children who never used stimulant medication.
Scientists observed no substantial differences in depression, self-perception, and social-functioning based on medication-use at 14 years of age. Researchers noted a slight (but not statistically considerable) increase in depression and reduce in self-esteem in the 14-year-olds who had been treated with stimulant ADHD medicine. If you are considering the use of prescription medications for ADHD, just know that in the long-run, these drugs might not give your child a leg up.
March 22nd, 2010
Did you know that ADHD wasn’t even a disorder until 1987. Yep. The folks at the American Psychiatric Association voted it into existence and that was all she wrote. The number of people being diagnosed has skyrocketed ever since.
- In 1970 there were 150,000 people diagnosed with Attention Deficit.
- That number jumped to 500,000 a year after ADHD became an official disorder.
- There were 5 million people with Attention Deficit in 1997
- Fast-forward to today – about 7 million “have” Attention Deficit.
To be fair, there were many undiagnosed people thirty and forty years ago but I still maintain that Attention Deficit is now over-diagnosed. Most of those diagnosed today are children and most are on stimulant medication. To put this in perspective – combine the entire population of Chicago and then add the entire Los Angeles population. That’s the number of people currently diagnosed as Attention Deficit.
So, if you want to know what year ADHD was invented, it is more accurate to say that it became an official diagnosis in 1987.
March 16th, 2010
Because of Adderall’s ability to enhance performance as well as energy levels it has been increasingly abused by many athletes across the world. Adderall has even become popular with many Major League Baseball players such as Jason Kendall. Jason admitted to the using Adderall to improve his game. Although this drug has been shown to boost performance, Adderall not safe especially for athletes when you take into consideration it’s negative side effects to the cardiovascular system.
March 8th, 2010
Are ADHD Medications Ineffective? Not only ineffective, but also detrimental, an Australian study found. Researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia found that stimulant ADHD medications such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall do not improve social or emotional well-being and actually harmed academic performance.
Using stimulant medications was found to dramaticallyincrease the likelihood of being identified as performing below age-level by a classroom teacher. Children having used stimulant medications for ADHD were 10.5 times more likely to be identified as performing below age-level when compared to ADHD students who never used stimulant medication.
Researchers found no significant differences based on medication-use were noted for the following measures taken at 14 years of age: depression, self-perception, and social-functioning. This long-term study casts serious doubt on the benefits of using stimulant medication to treat ADHD children.