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Can ADHD Be Treated Like a Sleep Disorder?

A drug used to treat narcolepsy has positive effects on ADHD

Can ADHD Be Treated Like a Sleep Disorder?

[DIGEST: NYTimes, NCBI, New Scientist,PR Newswire]

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be acontroversial diagnosis, particularly for children; one only has to meet6 of 18 criteria to qualify as ADHD, which is characterized by the kinds of behaviors children often exhibit, such as hyperactivity, trouble organizing their time, distracted attention, and lack of focus. ADHD is also typically treated with potent and addictive stimulant drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall that some parents are not comfortable giving to children. Of course, adults are also diagnosed with the disorder, though the adult category of the illness didn’t even make it to theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) until 1980. Since then,6.4 million children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed, and approximately 10 million adults have also been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States.

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