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ADHD Might be Temporary in Some

A team from the National Institute of Mental Health recently published the results of a study in which they found that the brains of some children with ADHD develop more slowly but eventually catch up with those of other children. The study seems to indicate that, while not true for everyone, some children will "outgrow" their ADHD.
"'Finding a normal pattern of& maturation, albeit delayed, in children with ADHD should be reassuring to families and could help to explain why many youth eventually seem to grow out of the disorder,' Philip Shaw of the National Institute of Mental Health, who led this most detailed study of the problem to date, said in a statement."
To this point, the debate among researchers focused on whether the brain of an ADHD child deviates from normal development or is simply delayed. This most recently study points strongly toward there being a delay in development, which may - over time - affect the way ADHD is treated and managed.

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Slow Growth in Children taking ADHD Medication

Samar Rahha is an MD at Riley Hospital in Indiana who's recently discovered an unusual trend among children being treated for ADHD; they're shorter. Nearly 25% of young patients who were seen by a pediatrician because of slow growth were also on some type of ADHD medication.
"Children on ADHD medications may grow slowly, but most of them eventually experience catch up growth and reach normal adult heights. Strikingly, this study finds that short children medicated for ADHD were just as likely as those who are not on these medications to have other hormonal disorders contributing to their short stature."
What does this mean? Dr. Rahhal believes her findings call for further study, but she also wants to reassure parents that if their children are taking ADHD medication and aren't growing quickly, that the slow growth may not be a side effect of the medication. Read more at EMaxHealth.com.

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