ADHD drugs alter structure of children’s brains, scans reveal

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs alter the structure of children’s brains, scientists have discovered as they warn doctors against issuing prescriptions unless strictly necessary.

Scans of children with ADHD taking methylphenidate, best known as Ritalin, showed significant changes in the distribution of white matter, which is important for learning and coordinating communication between regions of the brain.

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