Doctor visits by youngsters with ADHD up 90%

Medical doctors are seeing more visits of youngsters diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a report published in the December issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

The proportion of youth visits to physicians that were for ADHD increased steadily from 1989 to 1996, and so did the number of visits that involved drug treatments. For example, the proportion of ADHD youth visits that involved prescription for stimulants increased from 62% to 77%.

Interesting quotes from the article:
“In the future, we will need to demonstrate that the treatments make a difference in how the children behave”

“it will be difficult for us to provide realistic and effective practice guidelines and we will not be able to answer the continuing public concern about to what extent is current stimulant medication use appropriate”

Source: Yahoo News @ 23:12 | Article ID: 945234755