Report: ADHD meds may not help school kids

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(STLMoms) – Prescription drugs once thought to boost school performance may not be as helpful in the classroom as first thought.

For more than 10 years, Canadian researchers looked at nearly 4,000 ADHD students having trouble in school.  They found students who took prescription drugs like Ritalin actually performed worse than those with similar symptoms who did not.

There are less cognitive benefits for students without ADHD who take Ritalin illegally.  Researchers say the possibility that medication won’t help ADHD students in school needs to be acknowledged and closely monitored.



  • Shawn Curtis

    “May” and “possibility” are the key words here. There is a “possibility” that this report “may” be accurate, but it is inconclusive at best and should not be used to affect your child’s well being.

  • CrazyB

    Although I believe that ADHD is a real disorder, I also think that it is highly over diagnosed. Most of the kids I’ve seen, family and friends children, with supposed “ADHD” was simply a lack of parenting which continues in school because these kids haven’t been taught to respect adults. On the other hand, I have seen true cases. The majority though, at least from what I’ve seen, was just Mom and/or Dad didn’t try to control or discipline their kids or Dad disciplining and Mom lets them do what they want behind Dads back. Unfortunately it is the kids who ultimately pay the price in the long run with behavioral problems and side effects from unneeded medication.

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