Myth: Ritalin has no long-term effects in 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.
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