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Survey: 40% who discontinue ADHD medication treatment concerned about loss of self

For many indi­vid­u­als with ADHD the symp­toms and prob­lems asso­ci­at­ed with the dis­or­der per­sist into young adult­hood and beyond. In cas­es where an ongo­ing pos­i­tive response to med­ica­tion occurs, and where there are no sig­nif­i­cant adverse side effects, treat­ment that per­sists across many years of devel­op­ment could thus be help­ful. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Being Young for Grade Increases Odds of ADHD Diagnosis and Stimulant Medication

ADHD is the most com­mon­ly diag­nosed neu­robe­hav­ioral dis­or­der in chil­dren and sub­stan­tial evi­dence indi­cates that bio­log­i­cal fac­tors play an impor­tant role in its devel­op­ment. For exam­ple, although the exact mech­a­nism by which genet­ic fac­tors con­vey increased risk for ADHD remains unclear, the impor­tance of genet­ic trans­mis­sion has been doc­u­ment­ed in a num­ber of pub­lished stud­ies.

Even though bio­log­i­cal fac­tors are wide­ly regard­ed as impor­tant in the devel­op­ment of ADHD, no med­ical or bio­log­i­cal test is rec­om­mend­ed for rou­tine use when diag­nos­ing ADHD. Instead, Read the rest of this entry »

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