Friday, June 14, 2024

The ADHD Myth

Myth: Ritalin has no long-term effects on brain functioning among individuals living with ADHD.

Truth: This is false.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been characterized by restlessness and difficulty with attention and control. The main pharmaceutical to manage ADHD-related symptoms is Ritalin.

A study published in NeuroImage Clinical divided 44 individuals with ADHD into three groups: a stimulant-treated group, late stimulant-treated group, and a stimulant-free group. They found at baseline, before a prescription of Ritalin, the early stimulant-treated group had lower GABA levels in their prefrontal cortex. This suggests that stimulant use for long-term may impact the brain’s chemistry into adulthood.

To read more about Ritalin’s effects on a child’s brain, click here.

Reference

  1. Solleveld MM, Schrantee A, Puts NAJ, Reneman L, Lucassen PJ. Age-dependent, lasting effects of methylphenidate on the GABAergic system of ADHD patients. Neuroimage Clin. 2017;15:812-818. Published 2017 Jun 2. doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2017.06.003
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