Drug treatment of childhood ADHD levels off in UK
The tendency to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with drugs may have reached a plateau in the UK following a steep rise in the number of prescriptions for these medicines over the past 20 years.
Treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder lasts longer in the UK than in Europe and the US
But, according to research published in the online journal BMJ Open, while the number of children being treated has levelled off, their treatment lasts longer than that of their European and US peers.
The researchers based their findings on an analysis of Clinical Practice Research Datalink records of children up to the age of 16 who had been prescribed at least one drug to treat ADHD between 1992 and 2013.Treatment options
Drugs are one of several treatment options for the condition, which include parental training and behavioural therapies....
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