Posted by: | 2019/04/11


Could i have been wrongly diagnosed with ADHD?

Hi Dr Renata, i have not spoken to anyone about this but i have been on ritalin all my life since grade 3 im now a 25 year old adult, and my life is a mixture of success and tremendous turmoil. i have addiction issues, and i feel like everything is a result of my dad forcing me to take these meds, which was initially suggested by my school teacher! now i cant function with or without it. i need some advice, please help

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2019/04/15

It is actually the opposite: treating children with ADHD protects them against becoming addicts. In a ten year follow up study of a sample of 140 boys originally aged between 6-17 years, 73% had received some level of treated with stimulants at some stage during childhood (some also continued this into adulthood). The researchers found no association between treatment with ADHD medication and alcohol, drug, or nicotine use disorders in later life. Other studies also clearly showed that untreated ADHD increased the risk to develop substance abuse problems during teenage years or later life. This may be due to impulsivity, self-medication, or failure in the educational system and getting involved in destructive friendships and behavioural patterns. Please do consult a psychiatrist to ensure that you do get a comprehensive assessment and treatment.

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Posted by: Nonku | 2019/04/24

I have an 8-year-old boy who was diagnosed with ADHD and was using Concetta for about a year and we stopped giving him as he was not eating and was very skinny. However his behaviour at school is very good but when he is at home he does not listen, don't follow any instructions, he does wasn't to do his homework. He is very hyperactive at home and when you talk to him he screams and throws things on the floor. I will be taking him back to the Paediatrician again for the assessment.

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