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.
I got “lightly teased” at home the other day for the fact that as soon as any mundane little task comes up, I always deal with it immediately, rather than placing anything on hold. I sort my mail into piles immediately as I get it. When I do the laundry and determine there is a missing sock, I go hunting down that sock ASAP! What is this about?
Many of my patients feel depressed, but don't really want to take another medication. That's understandable. However, research has actually shown that regular cardiovascular exercise is just as powerful as taking an antidepressant medication!