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Janet Currie and Mark Stabile

Ritalin May Be Sabotaging Your Kids

Evidence from a large Canadian study shows that children who take stimulants to treat the symptoms of ADHD can suffer more depression and anxiety and fare worse in school that those who don't use the drugs.
Not a cure-all after all.
Not a cure-all after all.

Over the past 20 years, mental disabilities have overtaken physical disabilities as the leading limitation on children's activities. Today, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is three times more likely than asthma to disable an American child.

An often difficult question for parents is whether to put their child with ADHD on either Ritalin or Adderall, the most common drug treatments for hyper and impulsive behaviors. Increasingly, the answer has been yes. In 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 6 percent of American children ages 4 to 17 were taking ADHD drugs.