The Wall Street Journal. IN THE LAB. Updated July 8, 2013, 8:35 p.m. ET
“The medication’s ability to improve concentration and attention may even backfire when it comes to studying..”
It’s no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and others simply facing a big test—taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There’s little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes.
Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall are sometimes called “cognitive enhancers” because they have been shown in a number of studies to improve attention, concentration and even certain types of memory in the short-term. Similar drugs were given to World War II soldiers to improve their ability to stay alert while scanning radars for enemy aircraft.
However, a growing body of research finds that in the long run, achievement scores, grade-point averages or the likelihood of repeating a grade generally aren’t any different in kids with ADHD who take medication compared with those who don’t.
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I’m glad I found your blog, neurofeedback is an interesting topic. People and parents need to start keeping themselves accountable and to stop thinking that stimulant drugs like Adderall or Ritalin are some cure all.