A recent systematic review of 185 randomised controlled trials of methylphenidate, "Benefits and harms of methylphenidate for children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)", found that: 1) Methylphenidate can improve some of the core symptoms of ADHD – reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity, and helping children to concentrate. 2) Methylphenidate can also help to improve the general behaviour and quality of life of children with ADHD. 3) There is no evidence to suggest that methylphenidate increase the risk of serious (life threatening) harms. 4) Methylphenidate is associated with an increased risk of non-serious harms such as sleeping problems and decreased appetite. It is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks of starting ADHD treatment for your child with his or her psychiatrist. Whilst this review did not provide any new insights to the treatment of ADHD, it consolidates what we already know in helping children who suffers from ADHD and its related consequences. Future studies will surely shed more light and strategies on ADHD treatment. Speak to a psychiatrist today should you suspect that your child, or yourself, has ADHD.
I was recently interviewed with regards to Bipolar Disorder together with Dr Mok Yee Ming of IMH. You can read the article from this link.
Bipolar Disorder is a debilitating and chronic (long term) illness. Nevertheless, sufferers can lead a completely normal life with medications and treatment. Early treatment will give you the best outcome.
"I know I should take better care of myself but I am still young so I don't have to worry about my diet, sleeping habits, exercise, etc"
When we are young, we tend to live in denial of our mortality and as a result, we erroneously think that we can abuse our body with unhealthy diets, late nights, work stress and inadequate rest. Not only do we wear our bodies out earlier with these bad practices, we also risk them becoming habits of which will be very difficult to change even when we want to when older.
1) Never use your age as a reason as there can be no excuse to wreck your body. Your body and mind deserves to be respected.
2) The younger you are, the easier it is to form good habits, so start having healthy routines and habits as early as possible.
3) You can just do it. You will realise that living healthily (ie, adequate exercise, good sleep schedules, adequate rest and moderation in food and alcohol) is not hard to achieve at all and will help you feel both mentally positive and physically attractive.