ADHD is the most extensively studied pediatric mental health disorder, yet controversy and public debate over the diagnosis and medication treatment of the disorder continue to exist.
Concerns have been raised by professionals, media commentators, parents and the public about the possibility of overdiagnosis of ADHD in youths and the possibility of overprescribing stimulant medications. The debate continues regarding ADHD and over the overdiagnosed stimulant drugs are overused and overprescribed in children and adolescents with and without ADHD
- Before 1970, the diagnosis of ADHD was relatively rare for schoolchildren and almost nonexistent for adolescents and adults.
- Between 1980 and 2007, there was an almost 8-fold increase of ADHD prevalence in the United States compared with rates of 40 years ago.
As a parents it is very important to be informed as to the possibilities of doctors over prescribing and the financial benefit doctors possibly might be involved in.
- Doctors are…
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