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Group concerned children using ADHD meds when they shouldn’t

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14 year old Stephanie Person is on medication to help manage her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Now The American Academy of Neurology is issuing a warning about an alarming new trend. More and more children who don't have the disorder are using ADHD medications to boost their attention in school.

The country's leading neurologists say healthy children should not be using memory enhancing drugs because their brains are still developing. There are also risks of becoming dependent on the drugs and over-medication.

ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and recent studies show it can continue into adulthood. Experts say getting the right diagnosis is key, so patients can get the right treatment.

There could be other problems underlying academic struggles including anxiety, depression and insomnia.

If a student is having trouble in school.. doctors say parents should first make sure their child is getting enough sleep, exercise and good nutrition.

The authors of today's paper say doctors have a professional obligation to protect the best interests of a child and that prescribing mind enhancing drugs for healthy students is not justifiable.

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