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Children with ADHD say stimulant drugs help them

Published on Oct 15, 2012 8:03 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who take stimulants such as Ritalin tend to feel the drugs help them control their behaviour and do not turn them into "robots" as many sceptics assume, a study found on Monday.

The research, which for the first time asked children taking ADHD drugs what they felt about their treatment and its effects, found that many said medication helped them manage their impulsivity and make better decisions.

"With medication, it's not that you're a different person.

You're still the same person, but you just act a little better," said Angie, an 11-year-old from the United States (US) who took part in the study and was quoted in a report about its findings.

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