Medication like Adderall, Concerta, Strattera and or course Ritalin do not treat ADHD they only help with the symptoms so ADHD sufferers need to take them for years, possibly for the rest of their lives. What effect does that have on your long-term health?
The Oregon Health & Science University is running a drug effectiveness review program which compares medications and works out the most effective. They have just published a massive study into medication for ADHD. Unfortunately it is not online but there is coverage in The News Tribune . Their findings were:
In short, we don’t how the drugs work, what effect they have over the long term or that they help in academic behaviour.
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