12-Apr-13 7:00 AM  CST

ADHD Diagnosis and Meds on the Rise In Kids

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) almost one in five high school aged boys and 11 percent of children that are school-age have been given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and prescribed medication to treat the condition.  The main concern here is that doctors are too quick to diagnose ADHD and prescribe ADHD medications even when kids have very mild symptoms and are for the most part in good health. 

 

In addition to these findings, the American Psychiatric Association has changed the definition of ADHD to reflect the new edition of the DSM-5 of which has not been updated in 14 years.  Diagnosing individuals properly is key to the success of treating the condition as many of the drugs used to treat ADHD have heath risks and side-effects.  Some of the most common drugs used to treat ADHD are Adderall, Ritalin, Concetra, and Vyvanse.  ADHD drugs can help patients live more normal lives and also become more productive.  Of course, a qualified physician should carefully evaluate the benefits and risks of prescribing these drugs. 

 

Do you think ADHD is too quickly diagnosed by some doctors and ADHD medications prescribed too easily? 

 

Sources: 

1.  Schwartz, Alan.  “ADHD Seen in 11 percent of Kids as Diagnosis Rise.”  NY Times.  Web.  1 Apr 2013. 

 

2.  “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”  American Psychiatric Association.  Web.  2013. 


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