Experts Fear Surge in ADHD Diagnoses Leading to Over-Medication

According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ), treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had risen massively in recent years. Although ADHD causes are unclear and its medications can have adverse effects, the prescriptions for the stimulant Ritalin as well as other ADHD drugs increased by 72% between 2000 and 2011 in Australia.

ADHD is a disorder blamed for severe and frequent bouts of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity. Children and young adolescents are those who are most diagnosed with it. According to the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one in eleven American children aged 13-18 are affected by ADHD.

However, some experts fear the term ADHD may “medicalise” problems related to a child’s personality or maturity level, the effects of poor parenting or other home problems. Thus, doctors have warned that the medication for ADHD should be only used to treat severe symptoms. Read the complete article, Click Here

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