Teen Use of Stimulants for ADHD on the Rise
Study Shows More Teens Are Getting Prescriptions to Treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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There is always that issue of stimulant misuse, says Marshall Teitelbaum, MD, a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Jupiter, Fla. The abuse may be a result of what happens to medications that are left unattended in medicine cabinets, he says.
"Stimulants are still the most effective and commonly used medications that we have to treat ADHD," he says. "If we didn't have stimulants for ADHD, we would not be treating the vast majority of patients to our best ability."
It makes sense that the rate of stimulant use is low among preschool-aged kids, he says. "The younger the child, the more careful you are with medications in general. There are kids who are younger than 5 with ADHD and we would rather try behavioral techniques first before turning to any medication."