Are Too Many Children Being Treated With Methylphenidate?

Can J Psychiatry. 1992 Oct;37(8):570-2. doi: 10.1177/070674379203700809.

Abstract

A survey was conducted of the use of methylphenidate in British Columbia during a six month period to determine if a disproportionate number of children are being treated with methylphenidate for hyperactivity. The data obtained do not indicate a problem regarding the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. However, the data pertaining to adults indicate that the reasons stated for prescribing methylphenidate are controversial in a significant number of cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / drug therapy*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / epidemiology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology
  • British Columbia / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depressive Disorder / drug therapy
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Drug Utilization / trends
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Methylphenidate / adverse effects
  • Methylphenidate / therapeutic use*
  • Narcolepsy / diagnosis
  • Narcolepsy / drug therapy
  • Narcolepsy / epidemiology
  • Narcolepsy / psychology

Substances

  • Methylphenidate