Not-So-Quick Fix: ADHD Behavioral Therapy May Be More Effective Than Drugs in Long Run:


Before stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall began their
rise to popularity in the 1970s, treatment for attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focused on behavioral therapy. But as
concerns build over the mounting dosages and extended treatment periods
that come with stimulant drugs, clinical researchers are revisiting
behavioral therapy techniques. Whereas stimulant medications may help young
patients focus and behave in the classroom, research now suggests that
behaviorally based changes make more of a difference in the long-term.