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Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses in Children Continue to Rise – Right Along with Ritalin Prescriptions

According to ScienceDaily:

“In 2007, the overall prevalence of hyperkinetic disorders among persons aged 0 to 18 years was 2.2%. This figure was nearly 50% higher than the corresponding figure for 2000. The authors found the greatest rise in prevalence in the 15- to18-year-old age group. This secular trend was particularly noteworthy for girls: among persons aged 6 to 18 years, the prevalence of hyperkinetic disorders rose by 70% among girls, as compared to 53% among boys.”

In a corresponding increase, prescriptions for methylphenidate (Ritalin) written for 6 to 18 year-olds increased 252 percent from 2000 to 2007.

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