The findings of a new study suggest that children’s ADHD medications, such as Adderall and Ritalin, will not stunt their growth. The study followed three groups of children, one with ADHD taking stimulant medications, one with ADHD not taking medication, and one without ADHD and not on medication. The individuals were tracked from childhood through adulthood. At the conclusion of the study, the group taking ADHD medication did not show any difference in adult height from the other groups.
A new study found that only 1 out of 4 children taking medication for ADHD also receives talk therapy. The study’s findings highlight concerns that doctors may be simply prescribing medications for behavior problems instead of targeting each child’s specific problems.
“Drug therapy targets the core symptoms of ADHD, but when you talk about other aspects of functioning like educational performance and conduct problems, it appears that talk therapy may improve outcomes for many children,” says lead author Dr. Walid Gellad who is adjunct scientist at the nonprofit research organization RAND Corporation. “In some kids, it is better than drug therapy alone.”