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Does ADHD in child require life long medication? Does anybody outgrow it?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Some outgrow it
The assistance medication has for some adhd kids can eventually diminish as the pass through adolescence & many will discontinue it at that time.
I encourage kids/parents to do at lease a wk off meds @ least once a year to see if they notice a difference in ability to focus & complete tasks. If none seen & work is proceeding well, stop med. Some kids recognize the benefit & may need it as an adult.

In brief: Some outgrow it
The assistance medication has for some adhd kids can eventually diminish as the pass through adolescence & many will discontinue it at that time.
I encourage kids/parents to do at lease a wk off meds @ least once a year to see if they notice a difference in ability to focus & complete tasks. If none seen & work is proceeding well, stop med. Some kids recognize the benefit & may need it as an adult.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Best available data suggest about 1/3 continue to have ADHD symptoms meriting treatment for life, another 1/3 have some symptoms as adults but less severe than as kids, and the final 1/3 either don't have symptoms or, more likely, have found good coping strategies.
Dr. Howard Paul
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Some yes, most no
About 1/3 of all children diagnosed with adhd have reduced hyperactivity by the time they are adolescents.
About 2/3 retain symptoms of impulsiveness, restlessness, and poor decision making. About 1/3 benefit from and need medication for the majority of their life. Some find jobs that entail risk and activity satisfying the brains need for stimulation, thereby reducing the need for medication.

In brief: Some yes, most no
About 1/3 of all children diagnosed with adhd have reduced hyperactivity by the time they are adolescents.
About 2/3 retain symptoms of impulsiveness, restlessness, and poor decision making. About 1/3 benefit from and need medication for the majority of their life. Some find jobs that entail risk and activity satisfying the brains need for stimulation, thereby reducing the need for medication.
Dr. Howard Paul
Dr. Howard Paul
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