Number of Kids on ADHD Medications Climbs

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

In a classroom full of children it's estimated that at least one is suffering from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or A-D-H-D. And according to a recent study by the University of California Berkley, the number of kids on A-D-H-D medications has tripled since 19-93.

"I think that there are probably cases in which ADHD is diagnosed incorrectly and that might lead to some over-diagnosis in some instances," MSU psychiatrist Dr. Jeanette Scheid.

According East Lansing psychologist Dr. John Braccio, "This could be kids that just did not learn how to behave, they're their ineffective parenting standards. They could be in classrooms where there's entirely too much freedom and in cases like that the meds could slow them down a bit."

ADHD is a behavioral condition that limits a child's ability to concentrate, sit still, and pay attention. Medications like Ritalin and Strattera are often prescribed to treat symptoms. Nationwide one out of twenty-five kids is on ADHD drugs. Here in Michigan the number is approximately 100, 800.

"I think if you look at an individual case you always have to look very carefully at that individual child and family and do a careful assessment," says Dr. Scheid.

"Medication can be very helpful for many people. In some cases you'd be amazed at the difference how a person can achieve and function by being diagnosed appropriately and appropriately medicated," says Dr. Braccio.


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