April 18, 2008, Newsletter Issue #179: Amphetamines and ADHD

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In recent years, many children (most of them boys) have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). These behavioral problems make it difficult for them to sit still in class or focus on tasks. Some people with these disorders are not diagnosed until adulthood, by which time they may have suffered significant social and economic problems because of their illness.

Amphetamine-based medications, which are stimulants to most people, have paradoxically been found to have a calming effect on people with ADHD and ADD. Their use must be properly supervised because of the risk of dependency, but many patients experience significant increases in confidence, work and school performance, and ability to sustain relationships.

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