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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Are ADHD Medications Overprescribed?

The number of children being treated with prescription medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has soared in recent years.
Some doctors, parents and child advocates have become concerned that many children are taking medication unnecessarily. These critics suggest that ADHD is a mistaken diagnosis in many cases. And even when the diagnosis is correct, they say, many children who are taking medication for ADHD could do as well or better with alternative treatments.
Others say the critics greatly exaggerate the number of incorrect diagnoses. Heightened awareness of the disorder has fueled the rapid growth of ADHD cases, they say, not a rush to judgment. And ADHD medications have proved effective, their proponents say, to a degree that alternative treatments have not.
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