The psychiatrist who drafted national guidelines on the use of Ritalin in the U.K. recommends its use in severe cases only, alongside other treatments, saying that the “first treatment should be a training and education program me. Their parents should get training to deal with their difficult behavior… If you do that, particularly when they’re young, you can halve the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD.”
Glad to hear a mainstream psychiatrist finally say this out loud. I’ve been saying it since 1990 when I first researched the long-term outcomes. Kids taking stimulants don’t do better than kids who don’t on any long-term outcome that we generally care about. It just doesn’t work.