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posted: Wednesday March 27th - 11:05am

ADHD Drugs: No Diagnosis? No Meds, Say Experts

Kids without ADHD should not take stimulants as “study aids."

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released a paper criticizing the practice, by some physicians, of prescribing ADHD medications to kids who haven’t been diagnosed with ADHD for the purpose of boosting memory and concentration and improving performance on tests. AAN acknowledged that some doctors are engaging in this practice and warned against the ethical and medical implications of doing so. Dr. William Graf, lead author of...
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posted: Monday March 25th - 9:29am

ADHD Meds Cut Down on Criminal Behavior

Post-childhood medical treatment for attention deficit reduces impulsive behaviors.

Older teens and adults with attention deficit are much less likely to commit a crime if they are taking ADHD medication, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. People with ADHD are four to seven times more likely than those without the condition to break the law. The good news is that taking ADHD medications like Ritalin, Adderall, or other stimulants reduced...
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posted: Wednesday March 20th - 6:55pm

Study: ADHD Can Last a Lifetime

Kids with ADHD will likely grow into adults with ADHD—and be diagnosed with another disorder.

A large-population, long-term study done by Boston Children’s Hospital and published in Pediatrics tracked children with ADHD through the time they were adults, and found that one-third of them still had the condition. Many of the same problems children with ADHD experience are seen in adults, says Dr. William Barbaresi, associate chief of developmental medicine at Boston’s Children Hospital. “Those problems play out in the adult...
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posted: Thursday March 7th - 12:20pm

ADHD Shares Links with Four Mental Disorders

What it may mean for those diagnosed with attention deficit.

Scientists have identified genetic links between five major psychiatric disorders -- ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. The study, published in The Lancet, showed that there were specific genetic variants that influence a range of childhood and adult-onset psychiatric disorders, says Jordan W. Smoller, M.D., one of the lead researchers in the study and a psychiatry professor at Massachusetts General Hospital. There was some evidence that there...
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