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Young Kids May Benefit Little From Drug Therapy 12 Feb 2013 16:24 #36

Young Kids with ADHD May Benefit Little From Drug Therapy
Posted February 12, 2013 by Rick Nauert PhD; Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.


A massive federally funded multi-center study finds that many young children diagnosed with moderate to severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder continue to struggle for years — despite drug treatment.

Investigators at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center report that nine out of 10 young children with moderate to severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continue to experience serious, often severe symptoms and impairment long after their original diagnoses and, in many cases, despite treatment.

The study, published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, is the largest long-term analysis to date of preschoolers with ADHD. Researchers say the investigation sheds much-needed light on the natural course of a condition that is being diagnosed at an increasingly earlier age.

“ADHD is becoming a more common diagnosis in early childhood, so understanding how the disorder progresses in this age group is critical,” says lead investigator Mark Riddle, M.D., a pediatric psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

“We found that ADHD in preschoolers is a chronic and rather persistent condition, one that requires better long-term behavioral and pharmacological treatments than we currently have.”

The study shows that nearly 90 percent of the 186 youngsters followed continued to struggle with ADHD symptoms six years after diagnosis.

Children taking ADHD medication had just as severe symptoms as those who were medication-free, the study found.

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