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dumpsterbaby2point0 t1_jdet4st wrote

I’m pretty sure I’ve never met a person with addiction issues that didn’t also have ADHD/ADD. If we could do better with diagnosis and holistic/family-based treatment for kids as young as possible, the positive impact could be astounding.


BeneficialElephant5 t1_jdg6z6l wrote

Medication for ADHD massively reduces the risk of developing addiction, and the younger treatment is started, the greater the reduction. Early diagnosis and treatment for ADHD is so important.


dumpsterbaby2point0 t1_jdjcypc wrote

I’m a big supporter of ADHD meds (on vyvanse for 2 years now) but behavioural modifications and healthy coping skills learned in childhood could potentially eliminate the need for meds later on.


BeneficialElephant5 t1_jdjdkql wrote

Do you have a source for that? Genuinely curious just because neuroimaging studies have shown that starting medication at a young enough age can potentially reverse some of the structural and functional changes in the ADHD brain, effectively making it more like a non-ADHD brain,

So I wouldn't be surprised if early treatment reduces ADHD symptoms or need for treatment later in life, but I'd wonder whether that could be a result of the medication rather than behavioural modification.