A growing body of evidence is pointing to the fact that ADHD medication such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta, do not enhance academic performance. A recent study looking at approximately 400 students in Quebec, over a period of 11 years, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non for profit research firm, found that girls taking this type of medication, suffer from more significant emotional problems compared to girls with ADHD who did not take medications. Boys who took medication performed worse academically compared to boys with similar symptoms who did not take ADHD medication.
Bob Gottfried PhD is not surprised. “ADHD medication can temporary improve focus, but it is typically associated with many side effects that can overshadow the benefit,” he states.
“More importantly, children as well as adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning disabilities (LD) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, central auditory processing disorder, and sensory processing disorders, suffer from deficient cognitive skills such as visual and auditory processing, divided attention, multitasking, working memory and so on. These skills are not affected by ADHD medication,” he adds.
“ADHD and LD are fundamentally neuro-cognitive disorders, and the only way to resolve them is to use a neuro-cognitive training program that knows how to address these issues,” he concludes.
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