An often difficult question for parents is whether to put their child with ADHD on stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall, the most common drug treatments for hyper and impulsive behaviors. Increasingly, the answer has been a resilient yes. In 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 6 percent of American children ages 4 to 17 were taking ADHD drugs.
The article and study links (below) indicate that Adderall or Ritalin are not the panacea that many report them to be. Research is actually demonstrating that they can hinder development in some children. The study found evidence that the children using stimulants fared slightly worse and that children experience more anxiety and depression on stimulants. And there is actually little evidence of any benefits for the children’s schooling.
NeurOPTIMAL neurofeedback is quite effective at rehabilitating there acquired, dysfunctional patterns in the brain and reducing ADHD symptoms and improving school performance with children. And there are zero side-effects because the brain improves its efficiency, all based on second nature. We don’t push the brain to change; it changes itself based on its inherent capabilities. We just provide the brain with complete information about its own activity and it changes itself for the better. This is its inherent design. And there are no downline side-effects either. With drugs, no-one can say if they will cause neurological problems in children as they get into adulthood.
Link to rest of article in Bloomburg News:
Link to the recents study on Ritalin effects on children mentioned in above article: