More than 1 in 20 American school children are medicated for ADHD. Adderall and Ritalin have a reputation for improving grades and cognitive ability, but new studies show that the drugs are not resulting in better grades and that kids taking the drugs are more likely to drop out of school. The study also showed that though children’s grades actually stayed the same after beginning to take ADHD medications, adults mistakenly believed that they had improved. What is actually happening is that these children are simply becoming more manageable and less disruptive which in turn is actually resulting in them getting less of the attention and needed services that they require. It turns out that they perform worse than their distracted and unmedicated classmates.
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