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Hyperactivity: Increased prevalence of children with ADHD and the use of stimulants
Date:3/5/2012

ase over time, up to 2.1-fold. This rise occurred essentially in the 1990s, while for boys, it was observed in the 2000s.

Increased use of medications among school-age children

Preschoolers' prevalence of both ADHD diagnosis and prescribed medications stayed stable between 1994 and 2007 (1% or less), while that of school-age children increased nearly two-fold, suggesting, for the authors, that school environment plays a role in the increased use of medications.

"Can the upward trend in ADHD diagnoses explain the increased use of medications? Or is the opposite true?" asks Marie-Christine Brault. "Both hypotheses are plausible. Identifying the factors associated with these trends is the only way to answer the question: Are children with ADHD over-medicated?"

The question is not banal, because attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is the most common mental illness in children.


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Contact: Julie Gazaille
j.cordeau-gazaille@umontreal.ca
514-343-6796
University of Montreal
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