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ADHD Drug Ritalin May Affect Brain Development In Children

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Ritalin, a drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect the development of the brain’s signal-carrying white matter in children with the disorder, according to a study published in the journal Radiology

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A brain disorder marked by a constant pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity, ADHD can interfere severely with a patient`s functioning and development. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Resource Centre, an estimated 129 million children worldwide are suffering from this condition.

The most common conventional treatment for ADHD involves the use of prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. Far from being safe, however, both have been linked to suicidal thoughts and personality changes. Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant and is proven to cause serious side effects including nervousness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and even psychosis.

Not surprisingly, therefore, an increasing number of patients are seeking effective natural remedies for ADHD. The best treatment approach involves excluding certain types of foods from the daily diet and taking a combination of supplementary micronutrients.

To learn how micronutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin D, and others have been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of ADHD, read this article on our website.

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