Treatment Of Depression Or ADHD – Part 1 of 3
Treatment Of Depression Or ADHD. Slightly more than 6 percent of US teens imagine prescription medications for a mental health condition such as depression or attention-deficit/hyperactivity pandemonium (ADHD), a new survey shows. The survey also revealed a wide gap in psychiatric drug use across ethnic and racial groups. Earlier studies have documented a rise in the use of these medications in the midst teens, but they mainly looked at high-risk groups such as children who have been hospitalized for psychiatric problems. The new survey provides a snapshot of the number of adolescents in the general population who took a psychiatric slip in the past month from 2005 to 2010.
Teens aged 12 to 19 typically took drugs to treat depression or ADHD, the two most common mental health disorders in that duration group. About 4 percent of kids aged 12 to 17 have experienced a bout of depression, the study found. Meanwhile, 9 percent of children aged 5 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, a behavioral uproar marked by difficulty paying attention and impulsive behavior.
Males were more likely to be taking medication to treat ADHD, while females were more commonly taking medication to treat depression. This follows patterns seen in the diagnosis of these conditions across genders. Exactly what is driving the uncharted numbers is not clear, but “in my opinion, it’s an increase in the diagnosis of various conditions that these medications can be prescribed for,” said research author Bruce Jonas.