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ADHD medications tied to teenage weight gain

March 20, 2014|ADHD

New research suggests that use of stimulant medications, which are often used to treat symptoms of ADHD during childhood, may lead to weight gain during the teenage years.

There are non-medication approaches to treating and managing the symptoms of ADHD in children and adults, including ADHD coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and use of computerized training programs.

CPA offers diagnostic testing for ADHD, as well as all of the above non-medication approaches to treating and managing ADHD.

Excerpt from article below:

Stimulant medications, rather than the childhood ADHD they are used to treat, could be linked to weight gain during the teenage years, according to a new analysis of medical records.

As of 2011, 11 percent of U.S. kids ages four to 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half of those kids were taking stimulant medications like Adderall or Ritalin.

Previous studies suggested ADHD could be a risk factor for childhood and adult obesity see Reuters Health story of March 5, 2014 here: But this is the first to tie their medication use to later weight gain, Dr. Brian S. Schwartz told Reuters Health.

Schwartz worked on the new study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. He said the results change researchers understanding of how ADHD relates to obesity.

via ADHD medications tied to teenage weight gain | Reuters.

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