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***(Australia) 40% increase in kids with ADHD in 3 YEARS--Are schools 'over-demanding'?

Jan 5, 2019, Perth Now: ADHD prescriptions for WA kids up 40 per cent in three years https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/health/adhd-prescriptions-for-kids-up-40-per-cent-in-three-years-ng-b881064987z The rate of WA kids being prescribed medication to treat ADHD has climbed 40 per cent in just three years. The increase comes as the Australian Medical Association warned society was becoming “less tolerant” of children who have trouble learning. “Our job (as GPs) is to assess those children and ask, ‘Is this really ADHD or do we just have an over-anxious teacher or parent or an over-demanding school or a school that is simply not tolerant of a student that is being a bit different?’,” AMA WA Council of GP president Simon Torvaldsen said. … Data from the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation showed in 2016-17 there were 78,926 prescriptions dispensed for ADHD medicines for WA children aged under 17, excluding private prescriptions. This equated to a crude rate of 13,401 prescriptions per 100,000 children. This compared to a rate of 9522 prescriptions per 100,000 in 2013-14 – a rise of 40 per cent. WA’s increase was much higher than the national rise of 30 per cent. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, which produces the Atlas reports, said it was “unclear” why the nation’s dispensing rate and volume of ADHD medicines had increased. … He said it was possible that more children were being identified as having ADHD, rather than there being an issue of over-treating. “But I also think that society is less tolerant of children who can’t learn,” he said. …

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