Family Time: ADHD Drug Use Leveling Off

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM EDT

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October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM EDT


Drugs given to adults to treat depression, anxiety, and
other mental health issues are also used on kids to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but a new study now finds the trend to put even the smallest children on these
types of medications is leveling off.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers looked at nearly 50,000 kids aged 2-5 years old.

They studied the rates at which these drugs were prescribed to
children from 1994 through 2009.

They found usage peaked between 2002-2005, but slightly decreased from 2006-2009.

"Getting the diagnosis doesn't mean that you're going to get a medication.
We're more now pushing toward behavior management, maybe in combination with
some medication, but not necessarily so," says Dr. Joe Austerman of Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.

Boys, older kids, and those lacking private insurance were more likely to receive the drugs, which is why researchers say more studies are needed. With Family Time, I'm Joanna Pasceri.