The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Don’t Count on Stimulants for Better Memory

Research shows it's a mistake to take stimulants for better memory and attention. The gains are tiny, and the drugs interfere with getting good sleep.

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Do Teens on Screens Have a Higher Risk of ADHD?

High school students who reported high-frequency engagement with digital media had a slightly higher risk of ADHD symptoms after two years.

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Do You Know Someone Taking Stimulants for ADHD?

The Netflix documentary Take Your Pills describes the use and overuse of stimulants on college campuses, professional playing fields and elsewhere in our society.

Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH, expert on lithium
Podcasts

Show 1118: What You Should Know About Lithium

In this episode for broadcast on April 21, 2018, learn how low-dose lithium may help treat mental illness, and how bipolar disorder can disrupt everyday life. How does lithium help?

Dr. Greenblatt, expert on treating ADHD naturally
Podcasts

Show 1107: How to Manage ADHD Naturally

In this show for broadcast on Jan. 27, 2018, Dr. Greenblatt describes the approaches that can be used to manage ADHD naturally, including sleep, exercise, diet and supplements.

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Can Lithium in Water Supply Prevent Dementia?

Are you drinking lithium in water? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? New research suggests that when lithium levels in water are high, dementia is lower.

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a bored boy with ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

How Well Does Ritalin Work for ADHD?

Ritalin and related drugs are a mainstay of treatment for ADHD, but research shows that evidence supporting their use is weak.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD Stimulant Treatments Keep Kids Awake

Stimulant drugs such as Concerta or Ritalin can help with ADHD treatment, but they also appear to interfere with children's sleep.

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

ADHD Drug Daytrana Can Cause Permanent Disfiguring Skin Changes

Daytrana (methylphenidate) has been available for years for ADHD. The FDA has just issued an alert that the patch can cause permanent skin discoloration.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Be Wary of BPA Substitutes

Consumers are avoiding BPA because it can disrupt hormones, but its substitutes may not be safer.

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