Long-Term Treatment For ADHD May Lead to Changes in Brain Chemistry

However, they should be carefully monitored in teenagers and adults because they can be misused. It is important to understand that these medications are not a cure-all, but they can be highly effective when used appropriately in the right dosage for each individual. In fact, as many as nine out of 10 children do better when they are taking one of the most commonly used stimulants. However, in combination healing sound with other techniques such as behavior modification or counseling, symptoms may improve even more. Researchers are currently evaluating the effectiveness of medications in combination with these other approaches to determine the best route to take. Individuals taking any of the medications listed below should see their doctor regularly for a check-up to review the types and timing of ADHD symptoms.
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I stumbled on an article called Emotion Commotion by William B. Dodson, a Colorado-based psychiatrist specializing in adult ADHD. (You can read the abbreviated online version here ). I cant wait to get my hands on his upcoming book, What You Wish Your Doctor Knew About ADHD.
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The research indicates that, as a result of long-term use of the drug, the brain may change in order to make it less effective, in turn causing users to build up a tolerance to the drug. The study was performed by examining 18 adults who suffer from ADHD and who had never been treated for it. Because most children who suffer from ADHD do receive treatment, it makes it difficult to find adults who have never been treated for the condition if they have it, which is why the sample size is so small. The adults had their brains scanned at the beginning of the study, and then a year after they took Ritalin. These adults were compared with a control group of adults who did not have any neurobehavioral disorders.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.counselheal.com/articles/5408/20130516/long-term-treatment-adhd-lead-changes-brain-chemistry.htm

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