Researchers Studying 'Sluggish Cognitive Tempo' in Children

By Susan Jones | April 14, 2014 | 10:04 AM EDT

From the New York Times: Mental health experts have identified a new attention disorder in children called "sluggish cognitive tempo," which is said to be characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing, the newspaper reported on April 11.

As many as two million children may have it, the article said, and if it gains recognition as a legitimate disorder, it would be a "candidate for pharmacological treatment."

Some of the people researching the condition have helped Eli Lilly investigate how its flagship A.D.H.D. drug, Strattera, might treat it.

The newspaper quoted one researcher as saying that sluggish cognitive tempo is still years away from any scientific consensus, since experts haven't even agreed on the symptoms yet.

The newspaper also quoted a critic of the new syndrome, who said sluggish cognitive tempo is "a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels."

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