Stat of the day: Medication for ADHD

By Angela Matthews

You may have seen in the news this morning that prescriptions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have increased by 50 per cent in the last six years (Source: BBC News). The GP discussing this statistic warned that prescriptions treat a set of ‘symptoms’, and being prescribed a specific medication does not necessarily mean a diagnosis of a specific condition. This means that some people who are taking medication to help manage symptoms commonly associated with ADHD sometimes do not have that diagnosis. However, the GP also warned that the statistic is so big that this should be explored further. Although the data collection did not look at age distribution among these prescriptions and it is therefore not clear if this increase mainly involves children, the GP’s closing words were that we have “a very anxious generation coming through”.

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