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Study finds why teenaged ADHD patients skip taking medicines

Posted on 10-26-2017 Posted in Adolescent/Teens, Treatment - 0 Comments

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is a brain disorder marked by a pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity which interferes with the suffering person’s development or day-to-day functioning. Unfortunately, there is no therapeutic option to cure the disorder completely. However, proper treatment can help relieve ADHD symptoms and make it much less of a problem in day-to-day life.

Clinicians advise medications at regular intervals to help alleviate the signs of ADHD. While looking into adolescents’ perspective to their medications for ADHD, a team of researchers found how some of them frequently skipped taking necessary dosages, thus indicating their callousness toward health and prescribed medicaments. The researchers published their findings in the study titled “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Use in Adolescents: The Patient’s Perspective.”

The observations, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in September 2017, stemmed from the need to notice ADHD-affected adolescents’ attitudes toward their medicines and health conditions. The researchers carried out a cross-sectional study among teens who had filled a minimum of two prescriptions for ADHD medicines within a period of one year. They observed 181 youths aged 12 to 17, who had responded to an online questionnaire, comprising the queries on sociodemographic features, health conditions, insight about illnesses, adherence to prescriptions advised and their understanding of the medicines recommended.

ADHD patients’ attitude toward treatment

An examination of the answers revealed how roughly 92 percent of the teen participants used methylphenidate as a pharmacological treatment option for ADHD. In addition, nearly 51 percent of the respondents experienced side effects as reduced appetite and difficulty faced in sleeping. A further evaluation revealed that an estimated 83 percent of the study respondents were unconcerned about their ADHD medicines, while approximately 61 percent of them did not follow the Medication Adherence Report Scale properly. As many as 48.1 percent of the participants stated that they frequently digress from the dosing regimen as prescribed, while more or less 60.2 percent informed about how they tend to stop taking medicines over the weekend or during the holidays.

The study authors stressed on how signs of mental health problems like ADHD could be ameliorated by using an apt combination of pharmacological treatment options with psychological and behavioral recovery methods. “Furthermore, monitoring and discussing the experiences of patients with their ADHD medication might be useful to optimize the treatment for adolescents with ADHD,” they explained.

With patients reporting high indifference patterns and low adherence rates, it is necessary that clinicians keep tabs on their patients’ behavior to check if they conform to the treatment procedures and take the medicines as prescribed. The findings are significant in the sense that behavioral patterns of afflicted adolescents may be responsible for such low recovery rates of patients diagnosed with mental disorders. Patients need to be educated about the importance of frequent counseling coupled with regular supervision of the pharmacological options prescribed to ensure effective recovery following the treatment process.

ADHD needs your attention

As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 5 percent of American children have been found to be suffering from ADHD, though the actual figure could be much higher. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stresses that the treatment of ADHD in children must include a combination of behavioral therapy and medicines to ensure alleviation of the symptoms exhibited.

At Sovereign Health, treating mental health conditions, addictions and dual diagnosis in the best possible manner remain our focus. Sovereign Health of Florida offers options for tailored treatment methods to suit the needs of each patient. We ensure the best treatment for mental health in a safe, private and trigger-free environment. For more information on our treatment for mental health in Florida, call our 24/7 helpline or get in touch with our online representatives.


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