‘Alarming’ Number of Preschool Kids Given ADHD Meds

An “alarming” number of preschool children are being prescribed drugs to treat hyperactivity – contrary to medical guidelines that say they should not be used on children under six – because overstretched health workers go straight to medication rather than offering psychological interventions.

More than a fifth of educational psychologists say they know of preschool children who are being given medication such as Ritalin even though the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence  recommends psychological interventions should be tried first.

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