How do stimulant medications for ADHD affect the developing brain? What are the side effects?

Many parents come to me because they are interested in behavioral treatment for ADHD for their child, not medication. I hear you! As a parent it is important to understand what research has shown regarding both short- and long-term effects of stimulant medications for ADHD on the developing brain and body. Here, I summarize the research for you.

Please note, I am not a psychiatrist (I don’t prescribe meds). I am a neuropsychologist, and specialize in brain-behavior relationships.

Behavioral Therapy as an alternative or adjunct option to stimulant medication for treating ADHD

Are you interested in learning more about how behavioral therapy for ADHD works? Check out my ADHD therapy page, where I give tons of information about diagnosis, treatment, and co-occurring issues. Find out more about about my approach to working with tweens and tweens in therapy on my Adolescents/ Teens page.

Healthy Mind Sacramento is a specialty therapy practice treating both adults and kids ages 10+ with neurobehavioral issues. If you think you or your child may be a good fit, call to set up an appointment!