AD/HD Meds May Help Kids Make Better Behavioral Choices.

The Time (11/26, Szalavitz) “Healthland” blog reports, “Critics have long feared that stimulants simply drug children” with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD] “into submission, turning youngsters into compliant robots with no will to engage in defiant behavior.” However, UK researchers “interviewed 151 American and British children aged nine to 14 who were taking medication for AD/HD between 2008 and 2010. Their conclusion? ‘On balance, children report that stimulant drugs improve their capacity for moral agency,'” the study authors wrote, “explaining that most felt the drugs allowed them to make better choices.”

Related Links:

— “ADHD Medications Improve Decision-Making, But Are They Being Over Used?, “Maia Szalavitz, TIME, November 26, 2012.

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