Over 6 million children in the USA from 2 to 17 years of age have ever been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). This means that they have trouble learning while also being hyperactive. But there are plenty of medications out there that were created with the purpose of solving the issue for the little ones.
However, scientists from the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University (FIU) have some bad news for those who are relying on meds to get rid of ADHD in the case of children: no impact of the medications was discovered upon the amount of learning that kids have in school, according to SciTechDaily.com.
However, this doesn’t mean that parents should give up hope in trying to make their kids get rid or at least reduce their ADHD.
William E. Pelham, Jr. is the senior author of the new research and also the director of the Center for Children and Families. He explained as SciTechDaily.com quotes:
Our research has found time and time again that behavioral intervention is best for children with ADHD because they, their teachers, and their parents learn skills and strategies that will help them succeed at school, at home and in relationships long-term,
Medicating our children doesn’t solve the problem—it only takes away the symptoms temporarily. Instead, families should focus on behavioral interventions first and add medication only if needed.
ADHD starts in a person during childhood and often by the age of 4. As children become older, the condition can sometimes fade away. However, it’s important to keep in mind that ADHD doesn’t affect only kids. Roughly 4 percent of those Americans over the age of 18 years old suffer from the condition on a daily basis as well.
The new study was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.