Increase in number of teens prescribed ADHD drugs

September 28, 2011

The study in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds the use of stimulant medications such as Ritalin or Adderall in children with ADHD continues to increase, though it is happening at a slower rate since the 1990s.

The use of ADHD drugs was highest among children ages 6 to 12. But the most pronounced rise was in older children, ages 13 to 18, where it more than doubled. Researchers say that reflects a greater understanding that children often don't grow out of adhd and that symptoms can persist through adolescence and even adulthood.

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