The core symptoms of ADHD frequently cause significant impairment in academic, social and behavioral functioning that adversely impact individuals’ quality of life. These symptoms often persist into adulthood, potentially compromising an individual’s functioning over many years. Understanding how ADHD impacts long-term functioning, and whether adverse long-term affects are diminished with treatment, is thus extremely important. However, despite ample evidence that treatments such as medication and behavior therapy yield substantial short-term benefits for most individuals, the impact of treatment on longer-term outcomes remains less well-established. This is an important gap in the research literature.
I know medical management of ADHD is a controversial issue, but one I feel strongly about, having suffered badly from the disorder as a child (God bless my dear mother), and I, on the farther end of middle age, continue to take Adderal with great results.