ADHD school review by Peninsula researchers in Plymouth

Researchers in Plymouth have received about £310,000 to examine alternative treatments for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The study will review methods used in schools for children with ADHD, a spokesperson said.

Researchers from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry will publish their findings in 2014.

The study hopes to find which methods work best to reduce symptoms and provide best value for money.

'Scour the newspaper'

Lead researcher Tamsin Ford said: "Some families feel that drug treatment for this kind of problem is unacceptable, and of those who take the drugs about 70% will respond to the first drug and another 10% to 20% will respond to trying a second.

"The work we will be doing is to go out and systematically pull together the work that other people have conducted to see what are the non-drug alternatives."

Ms Ford said ADHD was often characterised by a difficulty to concentrate, restlessness and impulsiveness, although some people grew out of it.

A woman from Whitleigh, who has two adult sons with the condition, said her older son could be challenging.

"There have been occasions where he has got into trouble and he has taken drugs and he has been prosecuted.

"There are times when I scour the newspaper looking for his name to see if he's been up to anything.

"There should be more help out there if they need to talk to somebody."

The project has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme.

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