Posted by med_empowered on July 8, 2006, at 16:36:32
In reply to Re: great statement » pseudoname, posted by ed_uk on July 8, 2006, at 16:07:43
The 4% number strikes me as a little low, actually. Part of the issue is that there's lots of variation in ADHD diagnosis, which kind of makes be doubt the ability of docs to distinguish between childish antics and actual problems.
For example: there's geographic variation in prescribing. THere's also variation amongst social classes (lower socio-ecnomic status children are dx'd more often and treated with stims more often).
Whats really creepy is tat now, I guess with some of the AD problems and problems surfacing with ritalin-induced psychosis in kids, some docs are turning to the atypicals for ADHD...kind of like the 50s, when "hyperkinetic" kids were given chlorpromazine (nothing like Thorazine to shut a kid up).