pediatrician

6:30pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Are doctors over-prescribing Ritalin?

Ritalin is commonly prescribed to treat ADHD.
Under CC license by Flickr user Ian Barbour

Thirty years ago, it was rare for a kid to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Today, about five million children carry that diagnosis -- and more than two million of them are taking the drugs used to treat its symptoms.

Methylphenidate is a pharmaceutical most commonly-prescribed for ADHD. Its most well known trade name is Ritalin. It’s a psycho-stimulant drug that’s also used to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder, narcolepsy, and depression. But, pediatrician Sandy Newmark thinks it’s over-prescribed.

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