Monday, January 16, 2006

Serious Consequences for ADD Left Untreated

ADD’s classic symptoms include hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Left untreated, there can be serious consequences. Studies show that it can double the chances of being arrested, divorced and to have at least six jobs in a 10 year span. It has also been shown to affect self-image and can hurt on the job performance.
Considered the most effective way to treat ADHD are psycho stimulant medications along with behavioral therapy. However not only are the long term effects of medication unknown, but the most common one, Ritalin, is in the same class as cocaine and morphine. All drugs carry the potential for abuse. But now there’s no shortage of alternative treatments that can be used either in conjunction with drugs or on their own. Most alternative ADD therapies offer only anecdotal, rather than scientific evidence of success. But just because it hasn’t been in a rigorously controlled study doesn’t mean it’s worthless. Experts say that if it’s safe, you believe in it, and it’s good for you anyway, it’s worth exploring.

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