Do Young ADHD Kids Benefit from Medicine?

Article published here: http://psychcentral.com/news

Study Conducted:  Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
The answer may shock you.

A long-term study by the prestigious Johns Hopkins Children’s Center reveals that 90% of children with moderate to severe ADHD continue their symptoms for years even while taking medication.

In fact, the researchers at Johns Hopkins found that ADHD children taking medication had symptoms as severe as ADHD children that did not take medication. The researchers followed the children for six years past their diagnoses.

The children were diagnosed and followed typical treatment patterns. They were then referred to pediatricians for further care. Johns Hopkins researchers determined the ongoing levels of severity through reports from teachers and parents to track issues at school and home.

Specifically, 62 percent of children taking anti-ADHD drugs had clinically significant hyperactivity and impulsivity, compared with only 58 percent of those not taking medicines. And 65 percent of children on medication had clinically significant inattention, compared with 62 percent of their medication-free counterparts.

This indicates that far better cognitive, behavioral, and social interventions need to be employed to get the results we expect. We at Play Attention have been advocating this for nearly 20 years.

Read the full article here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/02/12/young-kids-with-adhd-may-benefit-little-from-drug-therapy/51511.html