Monday, 01 March 2010 00:00
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been on a tremendous upswing in children over the past decade. The conventional method of caring for these kids has been the long-term use of stimulant drugs. For years, the pharmaceutical companies that make these drugs have been releasing research that shows effective increases in attention, concentration and productivity. Less heralded is the growing understanding that long-term use of stimulants may alter the structure and function of the brain. In 2009, several studies in animals have begun to show evidence that long-term use of stimulants depresses mood, increases anxiety and, despite short-term gains, can lead to longterm intellectual defects.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Research Review, Issue #25.
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