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Delayed use of ADHD Drugs Linked to Weakened Academic Achievement

A new study from the University of Iceland and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City suggests that starting ADHD medications between fourth and seventh grade in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can prevent academic declines, especially in mathematics.

The study suggests that early and consistent treatment of ADHD symptoms can have an impact on longer term academic progress in children. Researchers found that children without ADHD performed consistently on 4th and 7th grade tests. Children with ADHD, taking stimulant medications had lower test scores, particularly in math. However, children who had started medication earliest, showed the least decline in scores.

The study was published June 25 in Pediatrics.

The study reinforces the idea that children who take ADHD medication not only are helped with their symptoms such as impulsivity and attention, but their potential for learning and achievement is enhanced.

Pediatrics. 2012;130:e53-e62.

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