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Get Your Kids on Ritalin Before Their Grades Suffer

June 26, 2012

I am sickened by the forces that are trying to get impressionable parents to see ADHD drugs as if they were multivitamins. There are many factors that result in a loss of concentration in the classroom. They include diet, sleep deprivation and uninspiring, non engaging teaching styles.

Why then, is Ritalin seen as the only solution for this problem:

Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, struggle in school. Their wandering concentration makes it tough to follow directions, absorb lessons, and finish homework. Now, new research may offer a partial solution.

The large new study funded by the government of Iceland suggests that stimulant medications like Ritalin may help to prevent some of those academic declines.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the earlier kids get started on drug treatment, the less their academic performance was likely to suffer between fourth and seventh grades, especially in math. And girls saw a bigger benefit than boys did from early drug treatment.

Why is a lack of concentration viewed with such negativity?


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