Showing posts with label eye movement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eye movement. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ADHD Drugs and suicide risk


On this blog we often write about ADHD and the fact that ADHD symptoms often mimic the symptoms of common eye movement disorders such as convergence insufficiency. It is important for parents to be alive to the possibility that what was thought to be ADHD is actually a treatable eye movement disorder. Treatment of the eye  movement disorder may make the symptoms go away and avoid unnecessary medication.

A recent warning issued by health Canada about ADHD drugs underscore the importance of seeing in optometrist to test for eye  movement disorders such as convergence insufficiency before excepting a diagnosis of ADHD. 

Health Canada has warned that ADHD drugs may increase suicidal thoughts in patients. Here is a link to a news story that discuss the new warning:

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/health/adhd-drugs-to-add-suicide-risk-warnings-1.3015562

To learn more about the connection between ADHD's type symptoms and convergence insufficiency click here:

http://www.visiontherapy.ca/adhd_convergence.html