Research report that 'exercise' is a good drug to relieve the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)


Alex Lecea

Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is characterized by lack of attention and impulsive behavior, has been divided into discussions such as brain dysfunction theory and environmental cause theory, and it is still a fundamental treatment. No law found. However, research has shown that a good drug for ADHD is 'exercise.'

A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity on Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Young Children --Online First --Springer

Pilot Physical Activity Intervention Reduces Severity of ADHD Symptoms in Young Children --Alan L. Smith, Betsy Hoza, Kate Linnea, Julia D. McQuade, Meghan Tomb, Aaron J. Vaughn, Erin K. Shoulberg, Holly Hook, 2013

Exercise Is ADHD Medication --The Atlantic

Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder or behavioral disorder characterized by inattention or impulsive behavior, and is thought to be caused by impaired brain function, which is a genetic problem. Although it has been pointed out that the underlying treatment has not yet been established, it is common to take medication to relieve the symptoms.

Children with ADHD symptoms are often regarded as 'problem children who cannot act according to the rules' in early childhood, and drugs may be prescribed to suppress impulsive and sudden behavior, but it is easy. Some have pointed out the risk of side effects on children from medication.



In recent years, there have been multiple reports that 'exercise' has improved the symptoms of ADHD.

Professor Alan Smith of Michigan State University conducted an experiment in which 200 children from kindergarten to second grade were given aerobic exercise before going to school for 12 weeks, and all the children who participated in the exercise program had math skills. Although it was confirmed that the brain function was improved by improving the language ability and the language ability, surprisingly, the children with ADHD symptoms who participated in the exercise program showed much improvement in the brain function than the healthy children. It was said that. 'This study shows that for children with ADHD symptoms, physical activity is far more effective than classroom lectures in improving their symptoms,' said Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith also found that having elementary school students exercise for 26 minutes each day for eight weeks alleviated the symptoms of ADHD.

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John Latey, an associate professor at Harvard University, said that even the slightest exercise can improve the symptoms of ADHD. This is thought to be a mechanism similar to stimulants like Adderall (which is given as a treatment for ADHD). '

In the United States, the number of drugs prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD has increased from 34.8 million to 48.4 million in 2007-2011 alone, and in recent years, the market for ADHD drugs has increased. It is said that it has expanded to the scale of billions of dollars (hundreds of billions of yen), and it has been pointed out that there are pharmaceutical companies that make huge profits behind the increase in ADHD.

I would like to expect further research in the future as to whether moderate 'exercise' is the 'best drug' as a treatment method for ADHD, for which drug administration has been considered common sense.

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