There are currently 10 million children taking stimulant medication for ADHD in the US. One out of seven children takes some form of psychotropic medication. These medications alter chemicals in the brain, yet there has never been a reliable study linking ADHD to a chemical imbalance.
“Despite years of searching, no one has proved that a chemical imbalance in the brain is at the root of any mental disorder, or positively shown that any medication corrects such a chemical imbalance.” Washington Post February 2016
A Wall Street Journal article discussed the results of an 11-year study of more than 4,000 children taking stimulants for ADHD. The results stated that “those that took medication actually performed worse in school than those with a similar number of symptoms who didn’t [use medication]” July 9, 2013. Peter Jensen, associate director of pediatric research for the NIMH, also concluded after an 8-year follow-up of one of the largest studies on ADHD that “medication use is not an indicator of beneficial outcome but of deterioration” MTA study ADHD, NIMH, 2011.
Studies like these aren’t unique. The only way to render appropriate treatment is to address the root cause of the issue. Research shows that the symptoms associated with ADHD, learning disabilities, social and behavioral problems are caused by “structural differences in the brain” Cambridge U, Brain 2013 an imbalance in maturity of the brain, causing an inability for the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate properly. This “functional imbalance” can be corrected through proper assessment and treatment, improving the brain’s ability to communicate and process on a long-term basis, leading to improved attention, socialization, and academic performance as well as a decrease in negative behaviors.
Thanks to the incredible advances being made in our understanding and research about the brain, parents seeking help beyond a pill finally have an answer; and their children finally have hope.
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