ADHD medicine may not be harmful in the long term
The use of the medicine Ritalin, which is commonly used for ADHD in children, has increased significantly in recent years. However, people regularly wonder if it is wise to give children medications whose long-term effect on brain development is not known. These concerns have now been addressed by brain researcher Lianen Schweren of the University Medical Center Groningen. She conducted her PhD research on this subject.
The conclusion is that drugs against ADHD do not lead to harmful effects on the development of the brain of children and that is very good news!
Thousand of children and young adults examined
Schweren examined the brain structure and function of a total of about a thousand children and adolescents, of whom more than four hundred had ADHD. According to her, children with ADHD who use medication experience the same development in their behavior as children with this disorder who do not use medication.
For doctors, it is therefore important to discuss with young people and their parents that ADHD medication is likely to reduce the symptoms of ADHD but will not lead to a better outcome in the long run.
ADHD (attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity) is a common developmental disorder characterized by attention problems, impulsivity and hyperactivity. It appears in childhood. Often ADHD occurs place in adulthood, but little is known about it.