Stimulant Inaction: ADHD drug's mental lift proves surprisingly weak

By Bruce Bower, 15:58 PM April 15, 2008

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often calm down and behave better when taking the stimulant medication methylphenidate. Nonetheless, this drug largely fails to alleviate underlying mental difficulties considered crucial to ADHD, a new study finds.

Methylphenidate, better known as Ritalin, leaves intact a shortage of "executive" mental functions that many researchers suspect elicit ADHD-related behavior problems, say psychiatrist David R. Coghill of the University...

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