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Non-Drug ADHD Treatments Don't Pan Out in Study
Date:1/30/2013

as attention span and impulsiveness, it may provide other benefits to the child and family, such as teaching effective communication strategies, Adesman said.

He also encourages parents to be open to the potential benefit drug therapy may provide.

"When I hear parents say they'll consider medicine only as a last resort, that's dangerous," he said. "Parents should confer with their child's pediatrician and discuss a range of treatment approaches and recognize that often the reason a medicine is suggested is not because of a physician's bias but rather because the data is generally stronger than for other treatments."

The European ADHD Guidelines Group received support for the study from Brain Products GMBH and drug makers Janssen-Cilag, Lilly, Medice, Shire and Vifor Pharma.

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Learn more about ADHD from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Emily Simonoff, M.D., professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, head of department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London; Andrew Adesman, M.D., chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park; Jan. 30, 2013, American Journal of Psychiatry


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