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2008-09-25 17:46:47

By JOHN VON RADOWITZ RITALIN, the controversial drug used to calm down hyperactive children, should be avoided wherever possible and not given at all to the under-fives, according to new health guidelines. Instead, parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of unruly children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), said experts. Teachers trained in ADHD management were also urged to put their skills into practice in the...

2008-09-25 09:00:53

RITALIN, the controversial drug used to calm down hyperactive children, should be avoided wherever possible and not given at all to the under-fives, according to new health guidelines. Instead, parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of unruly children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Teachers trained in ADHD management were also urged to put their skills into practice in the classroom. (c) 2008 Evening Gazette -...

2008-09-24 21:00:30

By Mike Waites Doctors should avoid prescribing Ritalin wherever possible and should not give it at all to the under-fives.Instead parents should be taught psychological techniques to change the behaviour of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the National Institute for Clinical Excellence says in the first national advice on the condition.The guidelines, drawn up with experts from the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, says the drug, along...

2008-09-24 21:00:29

British health officials said doctors should be cautious about giving drugs to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The government said drugs such as Ritalin should only be used in severe cases and never given to children under the age of 5, The Times of London said Wednesday. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the National Collaborating Center for Mental Health said children should first be treated with psychological therapy. The new...

2008-09-24 18:00:39

Ritalin, the controversial drug used to calm down hyperactive children, should be avoided wherever possible and not given at all to the under-fives, according to new health guidelines. Instead, parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of unruly children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), said experts. Teachers trained in ADHD management were also urged to put their skills into practice in the classroom. Methylphenidate,...

2008-09-24 12:00:36

By JULIA HORTON RITALIN, the controversial drug for calming hyper active children, should no longer be the first treatment offered to most youngsters, according to advice out today from an influential health watchdog. The guidelines, from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), recommend that the drug should only be used as the "first-line treatment" for youngsters aged six and over with severe cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Instead,...

2008-09-24 12:00:00

By JULIA HORTON WHEN Leah Kouara was told that her son Jameel had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) she was not too surprised. Almost from birth, she knew something was wrong because he was constantly restless. "For about the first four years of his life I don't think he ever slept a full night. He only took 20-minute snatches of sleep and I told the health visitor right away something was not right, " said Ms Kouara. "He never kept still and his concentration wasn't good....

2008-09-24 12:00:12

CYNICS who believe that attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not so much a medical diagnosis, but more of a euphemism for bad behaviour by children whose parents fail to discipline them adequately will nod sagely. The new health guidelines for England by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) suggest that Ritalin, the drug most commonly used to treat hyperactivity in children, should be prescribed only after other options, including training programmes...

2008-09-24 09:00:48

By Barry Nelson NEW guidelines unveiled today on the management of hyperactive children appears to be a vindication of a pioneering North-East clinic. Until it closed earlier this year because of lack of NHS funding, the Cactus Clinic, at Teesside University, in Middlesbrough, had campaigned for six years to discourage the routine prescription of Ritalin, a controversial drug used to calm hyperactive children. Now the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has come...

2008-09-24 06:00:29

By Shan Ross RITALIN, the controversial drug used to calm hyperactive children, should be avoided wherever possible and not given at all to the under-fives, according to new health guidelines due to be released today. Instead of the drug, sometimes dubbed "the chemical cosh", parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of disruptive children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Methylphenidate, better known as the stimulant...


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