Saw recent headlines of amphetamines (Adderall, etc) showing a relationship with increased psychosis in patients newly taking it, & thought it might be good for discussion.
I know many are fearful to try medication for ADHD - please, I don’t present this as evidence or added fear to avoid treatment.
Keep in mind that:
1. The rate is still very small (smaller than all the risks of untreated ADHD.)
2. It only seems to be patients newly on the meds - so if your child has been taking it awhile with no problems, you’re probably in the clear.
3. The psychosis seems to wear off after ending the medication.
4. This report doesn’t compare with a baseline control group, that I can tell. What is the rate of psychosis that develops in kids with untreated ADHD &/or neurotypical children?
Interestingly enough, I have seen a few other studies also indicating that methylphenidates (Ritalin, Concerta, etc) are probably a better choice to start medication trials for kids & teens, though reports indicates that the amphetamines are more likely to be prescribed.