ADHD Meds: No Link to Later Substance Abuse

Stimulant medications such as Ritalin® and Adderall® are common treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But there’s been concern that use of the medications could be linked to a possible risk for substance abuse problems later in life. Good news for parents whose children take these medications: a new study finds no link between … Read More

Teens and Anxiety

About 25 percent of 13- to 18-year-old children have generalized anxiety — that’s one in four kids. An even more alarming statistic: Generalized anxiety can start as early as preschool. And the problem seems to be on the rise nationally. We’re not talking about nervous-before-a-test anxiety, but anxiety that affects all aspects of life — … Read More

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Video: Teens and Driving Distractions

It’s no secret that using a cell phone while driving may increase your risk of a crash. Two new studies weighed just how dangerous the practice can be when teenagers are behind the wheel — especially when it comes to texting. Joe Austerman, DO, did not take part in the study but is a child … Read More