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Teens who take ADHD meds are bullied more

Why are ADHD kids taking meds bullied more

Teenagers who take drugs like Adderall and Ritalin to treat ADHD are twice as likely to be bullied as their peers who don’t have ADHD, according to a new study published Nov. 20 in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

However, teens with ADHD who sold, traded or shared their meds were approx. 5 times more likely to be bullied than kids without ADHD or kids with ADHD but no recent prescription. “We’re not quite sure exactly what’s going on there,” said lead author Epstein-Ngo.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson and others, there may be many factors secondarily involved with the increased bullying related to ADHD kids taking stimulants. Because the ADHD impulsive, behavior, concentration… symptoms are significantly improved when properly treated with stimulants, the increased risk of bullying may include: misuse of the meds, coercion to share meds with others, having greater passive-aggressive and other social/emotional difficulties than non-treated ADHD individuals, etc.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or

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