There has been much controversy over the use of stimulants for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but new research from the University of California in Berkeley has found that they may improve children's reading and writing. The study followed 594 children diagnosed with ADHD from kindergarten to fifth grade and found that those who took drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall were several months ahead of those who had not been given drugs. Those who are left untreated do poorly in school, have higher dropout rates, are more likely to use drugs and be arrested and can suffer from social isolation. The study was funded by the U.S. government with no drug-company involvement.
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