Study reveals the truth about Ritalin

Published: 13 March 2016


No evidence suggests the drug Ritalin makes a long-term difference to children with Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder (ADHD).

New research by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, reveals children with ADHD continue to struggle academically and mentally as they get older.

The study followed 178 children with ADHD and 212 children without ADHD for three years in a bid to identify what factors make a difference to children with the disorder.

It appears by the age of seven, there are significant differences relating to academic skills, social skills and mental health between children with and without ADHD.

Three years on and the discrepancies persist, the medical research suggests.

Meanwhile, children with ADHD will remain well behind their peers when it comes to math and literacy skills, while four times as many 10-year-old's with ADHD suffer from mental health problems.

There is believed to have been no difference in outcomes between boys and girls.

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