What is the latest research on ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
While much has been learned about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in recent years, there is still much to discover. Some of the primary areas being studied now include the roles that brain imaging, behavior, and genes play in ADHD diagnosis and treatment.

One of the most extensive studies on ADHD, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, is the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (MTA study). The MTA study analyzed the efficacy of different types of ADHD treatment. People were divided into three groups: those who took medications, those who received therapy treatment, and those who received both treatments simultaneously.

Another major study that focused on ADHD in the preschool years was the Preschoolers with ADHD Treatment Study (PATS). In the PATS study, researchers looked at how medications affected preschool children and whether preschool children experienced significant side effects. The PATS study also focused on genetics, to see whether a person's genes affected the way they responded to ADHD medications.

In the future, scientists hope to conduct more research to understand more about the causes of ADHD, including genetic and environmental factors.

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