3 Major Findings of Largest ADHD Treatment Study Will Shock You
The largest ADHD treatment study ever conducted, showed 3 major discoveries that are shocking and may make you re-think how you treat ADHD. This study was conducted with over 600 children between the ages of 7 – 9 years old and followed them until age 25 years old. That is a comprehensive study. Here are the 3 findings and a “takeaway” from each.
- Growth stunted 2 inches if 10 mg used at least 182 days a year
Finding: People who consistently took their ADHD medication across childhood up to age 25 were on average 2 inches shorter in height than those who did not. The medication dose was at least 10 mg of Methylphenidate and consistent use was listed as at least half the days of the year.
If your child is using ADHD medications in this fashion, he or she might be at risk for growth issues. A major finding of the study was that if other therapies were used with the medication it could be reduced with the same, reduced level of symptoms.
- ADHD Symptoms Persisted into Adulthood and Were Reported Worse by Parents
Finding: As children aged, their ADHD symptoms did not go away. In fact, parents thought that the kids’ symptoms were worse than the children perceived themselves.
Takeaway: Kids don’t grow out of ADHD. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental issue. This means that it is neurological in nature. It happens in the brain. Only changing the brain makes it go away.
The ADHD brain pattern can be identified using qEEG Brain Mapping and can be improved using Neurofeedback Brain Therapy. Neurofeedback Therapy is so successful, upwards of 90% success rates, that the American Academy of Pediatrics endorses it as a #1 Best Level Support.
- Most Kids Don’t Use Their Medications Consistently
Finding: Only 14.3% of children consistently used their medications through the age of 18.
Takeaway: We see this in the office all the time. Kids don’t like the way the medications make them feel, so as they grow older they don’t want to use them anymore. The danger here is that the ADHD brain pattern is still there, and the symptoms are persisting and seem worse to parents (we know that from above). This puts kids at real risk for heartache and struggle as they move into adulthood. Kids need a different option than medication to be successful as they age.
These strong findings are elaborated on in an article by Dr. David Rabiner, a Duke University Child Clinical Psychologist, and can be found at sharpbrains.com. To read the findings from the National Institute of Mental Health visit our Science page. To see how our brain-based Therapy can help children with ADHD, click HERE.