Sep 30, 2013 8:50 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Doctors writing less prescriptions to treat ADHD, mood disorders

Doctors are writing fewer prescriptions to treat ADHD and mood disorders in young children.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital looked at data on more than 43,000 kids ages two to five.

Between 1994 and 1997, 43% of kids who were diagnosed with a behavior disorder were prescribed medication. By 2009, that number fell to 29%.

Researchers think the decrease is because of strong warnings issued in the mid 2000's about the risks associated with some of the drugs. They can lead to heart disease and possible suicide.



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