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It is my clinical opinion that ADHD medications quiet the mind and settle the child enough so that the work of psychotherapy can take place. It clears the space in the child's active mind for reflection and for understanding new conversations and topics. It allows for discussion of new and beneficial behaviors.
Given my bias that many gifted children are misdiagnosed with ADHD in the first place, simply because they are different from the other children in a classroom due to boredom or creative and unconventional approaches to classroom material, I think this study is important for parents to read.
"A 20-year-old study, funded with $11 million from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, concluded that the medications outperformed a combination of stimulants plus skills-training therapy or therapy alone as a long-term treatment. But now experts, who include some of the study's authors, think that relying on such a narrow avenue of treatment may deprive children, their families and their teachers of effective strategies for coping with ADHD, The New York Times reported Monday."
Here is the link to the report:
I welcome comments or questions on this topic. It comes up regularly with gifted children and their parents.