Kids on ADHD Meds…Finally Someone Asks Some Kids

In Debate Over ADHD Meds, Letting the Kids Themselves Weigh InI just posted this over at PLOS BLOGS….an analysis by Kaitlin Bell Barnett (author of DOSED) of the first ever study where kids on stimulants were asked how they thought the meds changed (or didn’t change) them. Here’s a snippet and the link:

In Debate Over ADHD Meds, Letting the Kids Themselves Weigh In

If you’ve followed much of the media coverage and commentary about ADHD medications in recent years, you might well assume that kids – some of them allegedly not even meeting the criteria for ADHD – were being drugged by parents, doctors and schools eager for a “quick fix” for disruptive behaviors and sub-par academic performance.

Since prescription of ADHD medications began to take off in the late 1980s, critics have been quick to point to the many potential harms – physical, psychological, developmental – that medications may cause kids.

Shockingly absent from the debate is any discussion of how the kids themselves feel about their meds. Academic research on the subject is sparse, and often not limited to ADHD medications in particular.

Other accounts rely on retrospective reports from young adults, like those in last year’s Remembering Ritalin, a book by pediatrician and ADHD pundit Lawrence Diller, in which he interviewed his former patients about their experiences with medication.

So a report out this week on how kids with ADHD feel about their diagnoses and their treatment is a long-overdue addition to this overheated debate.

Conducted by bioethicist Ilina Singh, of King’s College London, the so-called VOICES report provides valuable qualitative data collected from in-depth interviews with children ages 9 to 14….read the rest at PLOS…

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