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ADHD Prescribing Remains Steady

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that the use of stimulants for children with ADHD has not increased significantly in recent years, in contrast to popular opinion about over-prescription.

Although there was an increase between 1987 and 1997, rising from 0.6% to 2.7%, by 2002 the estimated use was only 2.9%. The rate was highest among 6- to 12-year-olds (4.8%) and lowest among children under 6 years old (0.3%). The low rate among preschoolers was also the most stable, countering fears that preschoolers’ use of ADHD medications is rising.

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ADHD Prescribing Remains Steady

Sandra Kiume

Sandra Kiume is a mental health advocate. Along with contributing to World of Psychology, she blogs at Channel N about brain and behaviour videos, and is the founder of @unsuicide and Online Suicide Help. She lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Kiume, S. (2018). ADHD Prescribing Remains Steady. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 22, 2019, from
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