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Ritalin 'finding'

A.F. Simpson AFS7 at le.ac.uk
Thu Dec 16 16:20:02 EST 1999

dag.stenberg at helsinki.nospam.fi wrote:
> kenneth Collins <kpaulc at earthlink.net> wrote:
> > the Ritalin 'finding', announced yesterday (14Dec99), is verifiably incorrect,
> > so much so that it constitutes Fraud.
> Now you are making me interested.
> What ritalin finding, announced 14Dec99, are you referring to?

(preempting 'i stand on what i posted')

There is an article in the New York Times which describes results of a
large NIH study which shows that for children with ADHD medication alone
is as effective as medication+behaviour therapy.  However, many children
diagnosed as suffering from ADAH also suffer from other mental health
problems such as despression, and for those children behaviour therapy
in addition to medication is helpful:


The NIH web site (after a lot of searching!) produced the following FAQ
about the study:


And the abstract of the paper is on Pubmed, although the record isn't
complete yet (no authors - it's probably part of the conspiracy):

Arch Gen Psychiatry 1999 Dec;56(12):1073-86 
A 14-month randomized clinical trial of treatment strategies for
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The MTA Cooperative Group.
Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD.

> Dag Stenberg


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