Ritalin Doesn’t Show Long Term Effectiveness for ADHD
Posted on February 2, 2012 Comments (1)
From the New York Times opinion piece, Ritalin Gone Wrong, by L. Alan Sroufe is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development:
To date, no study has found any long-term benefit of attention-deficit medication on academic performance, peer relationships or behavior problems, the very things we would most want to improve. Until recently, most studies of these drugs had not been properly randomized, and some of them had other methodological flaws.
But in 2009, findings were published from a well-controlled study that had been going on for more than a decade, and the results were very clear… At first this study suggested that medication, or medication plus therapy, produced the best results. However, after three years, these effects had faded, and by eight years there was no evidence that medication produced any academic or behavioral benefits.
As I have written before I am skeptical of the amount of drug use our health care system encourages: Lifestyle Drugs and Risk.
Related: Long Term ADHD Drug Benefits Questioned (2009) – Nearly 1 million Children Potentially Misdiagnosed with ADHD in the USA – Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs – Over-reliance on Prescription Drugs to Aid Children’s Sleep? – Epidemic of Diagnoses