Drugs for ADHD kids?

Doctors want ADHD children to take Ritalin, but re there consequences?

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Can Ritalin Really Lead to Addiction?

Why abusing this stimulant drug used to treat ADHD can lead to addiction

Ritalin is widely prescribed for both children and adults who have ADHD, but it also has the potential for abuse - begging the question, "Is Ritalin addictive?" Unfortunately, the answer isn't a simple one. Here's why.

How Ritalin Works

Ritalin, also known as methylphenidate, is a stimulant drug that's commonly used to treat attention problems in both adults and children, many of whom have described the effects of the drug positively.

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More UK children with ADHD should be given Ritalin, say researchers

Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests.

Evidence shows 5% of children suffer from the behavioural disorder, but only one in 10 are receiving medical treatment.

Experts who took part in the biggest study yet comparing medical treatments for ADHD agreed that many British children with the condition were falling below the diagnostic radar and not getting the help they need.

They were also keen to dispel the myth that ADHD drugs such as methylphenidate, or Ritalin, were a form of "chemical cosh" and children would be better off with less treatment.

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