Common ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development


Insecure we've talked about these active shooters he's mass killers and drugs that they've been taking running there is a new study L. and it says that eighty H. dean drugs like Ritalin may change the structure of a child's brain yeah this is from study finds dot org attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD has become incredibly common diagnosis in American children ADHD is characterized by a lack of ability to focus and cut off circling the squirrel I'm sorry and concentrate and most children diagnosed with the condition of being prescribed medication new study offers a warning to parents however one of the most popular eighty H. man this ADHD meds M. P. H. may be affecting the developer of white matter in a children's brains the drug is a racist I guess that's a the drug does not appear to have the same affect in adults but according to the CDC roughly five point two percent of all American children between the ages of two and seventeen on eighty H. medication five point two percent many of those kids will continue to take these medications well into adulthood M. P. H. is usually prescribed and sold under the names red Lynn or is it concert to concert I'm not I don't I don't have any dealings with these but I know Ritalin and while it's been shown to be effective in treating ADHD there hasn't been enough research performed on how it influences the development of children's brains more specifically they say researchers from the university of Amsterdam set up to analyse in PH is impact on children's white matter development white matter Kerry signals between different areas of the brain and is an integral part of learning and overall brain functioning so in order to do this they gathered fifty boys in forty nine adult men all of whom have been diagnosed as ADHD none of the distance but it's been said taken M. P. H. prior to the study the senior author Dr Lizabeth Renmin says previous studies all have tried to statistically control for the effects of ADHD medications but we're the first on the medication that naive patients in this context which of course is crucial if you wanna know how ADHD medications affect the developing brain so the participants were separated into groups and again now these folks had ever taken are your Ritalin or anything like this one group took M. P. H. R. Ritalin each day for sixteen weeks another took a placebo every day for the same time both before and one week after the drug trial period each study subjects underwent an MRI to see what was going on well these MRI eyes a says that each participant's white matter levels and the the measure called it F. A. it's fractional and Nostra fee and this describes important white matter readings included in the nerve fiber and all the density and all this kind of stuff well an increase in white matter F. A. was socially with boys who had taken Ritalin during the sixteen week period however the same results were not observed in adults who were given the were given in the eighties I guess not given this so here's what the relevance is this is the lead author the results show that ADHD medications can have different effects on the development of brain structure in children verses adults an adult man with ADHD in both boys adult men receiving the placebo changes in F. A. measures were not present so Ritalin doesn't affect an adult's brain is just another developing bring but they said suggesting the effects of this on the brain white matter or modulated by age in other words if you give this to kids before their brains are developed it it it changes the brain structure I know some of you folks starting to freak out who've given your kids this stuff and I mean this is this is just the latest research they say that while the longtime implications of these findings are still unclear researchers say the results clearly indicate that M. P. H. or Ritalin influences the development of brain structure in children moving for the doctor and his team stressed that giving a young child ADHD medication should not be a decision the both doctors and parents make lightly they recommended only children who definitively suffer from the disorder and are significantly affected by it on a daily basis be prescribed the

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