ADHD and the Rise in Stimulant Use Among Children

  title={ADHD and the Rise in Stimulant Use Among Children},
  author={R. Mayes and Catherine L. Bagwell and Jennifer L. Erkulwater},
  journal={Harvard Review of Psychiatry},
&NA; Attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) holds the distinction of being the most extensively studied pediatric mental disorder and one of the most controversial, in part because it is also the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder among minors. Currently, almost 8% of youth aged 4 to 17 years have a diagnosis of ADHD, and approximately 4.5% both have the diagnosis and are using a stimulant (methylphenidate or amphetamine) as treatment for the disorder. Yet a diagnosis of ADHD is… 

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