More new ADHD science
From Dr. Wilens and AudioDigest and others:
1. Research shows that the stimulants are not risky for the heart or stroke. Nonetheless, I probably wouldn’t prescribe them for someone with heart trouble. Kids on stimulants may have a slowing of growth, with lower weight and height, but they eventually catch up.
2. Adding guanfacine, a blood pressure medicine that is calming and sometimes used alone for ADHD, to a stimulant may sometimes be more helpful than either alone.
3. Other research shows that the only alternative treatment supported by evidence is omega 3 fatty acid. Not biofeedback, diet, etc. That doesn’t mean that no one will benefit from alternatives, but the odds are against it. We are each unique.
4. 50% of children with ADHD will still have it in adulthood. 75 % of adolescents who have ADHD will still have it as adults. Of those who seem to recover, nearly 100% will still show brain abnormalities and have some mild symptoms as adults.
5. People who disbelieve or pooh pooh ADHD will rarely be impressed or influenced by facts. (Personal observation)
Tip O the Day: Don’t bother arguing with them. Just laugh at them and walk off.
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