ADHD Drugs Carry Health Risks That Far Outweigh Any Benefit

by Bruce Boyers

New Research Findings……

Recent research has found that drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta, Medikinet, and Equasym, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), carry health risks that far outweigh any possible benefit.

drugs-really-the-best-adhdSide effects of such drugs include serious sleeping problems and decreased appetite. Interestingly, lack of sleep actually exacerbates the symptoms of ADHD. Ask any teacher: Trying to study or focus is much more difficult for a student who hasn’t slept and is tired.

These drugs were also responsible for some 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011.

It comes as no surprise that such drugs would present serious problems, given that the disorder they are designed to treat is highly questionable. There is no test or any other objective method for testing for ADHD symptoms—children are “diagnosed” with the disorder most often based on observations of parents and teachers.

The list of symptoms that could lead to ADHD diagnosis includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. The problem is that all children can display these symptoms at one time or another. They could also be symptoms of lifestyle factors, too much sugar, toxic exposure or even normal childhood behavior. Hence misdiagnosis is rampant. Nearly 10 percent of U.S. children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Interestingly the same study found that such drugs may lead to modest improvements in ADHD symptoms—but that the evidence behind these conclusions was of “very low quality.”

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