Review: Report on ADHD

September 8, 2009 (Updated Mar 23, 2015) by — Intended Audience: , .

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is one of the more common psychological diagnoses for children. Some estimate that 8-10% of school aged children are affected by ADHD. Thus if you are regularly involved with children you probably have interacted with children that are diagnosed with ADHD. If you are a parent you may have wondered, or had the question raised by others, as to whether your child could be diagnosable as having ADHD. This of course raises even more questions, such as: How can you tell if your child might have ADHD? What are some considerations for selecting a doctor to diagnose and treat your child? What are some of the medications available for ADHD? These questions are all addressed in a thorough and relatively reader friendly report available for download from Consumer Reports (CR) (links to the report are in the footnotes).12

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The report focuses on providing information about commonly prescribed ADHD medications, but it also covers a number of other helpful details related to ADHD, thus making it a decent resource for parents and anyone who works regularly with children. The report is a bit long (at 24 pages total) and lacks a table of contents, so below is my own table of contents to better facilitate locating the information that interests you most:

Page #  Contents
2Quick-take Consumer Reports (CR) ADHD drug recommendations
6Why drugs are used to treat ADHD
6The Diagnostic Process: what to expect
7-8Symptoms of ADHD compared with other disorders
9-12Detailed report on the drugs CR recommends
12-17Tables comparing different ADHD drugs
18-20Effectiveness and safety of ADHD drugs
21Tips for talking to your doctor about which drugs your child should take
22-24How CR picked the drugs they recommend, About CR, References

For more information about ADHD you may also want to check out the link below to the website for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).3 NIMH–a branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH)–is a trustworthy resource which provides information on a variety of mental health topics.


  1. Consumer Reports ADHD Drugs Summary of Recommendations 
  2. Direct link to CR ADHD Drug Report [PDF File] 
  3. National Institute of Mental Health: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

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