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CDC Report Finds Adolescent-Psychotropic-Drug-Use Plateau

A 1999-2004 survey found that about 6.8% of teenagers use psychotropic drugs and now a CDC report has shown that the number seems to have leveled off, Bloomberg News reports. According to the CDC report, boys were more likely to be prescribed stimulants such as Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and girls were more likely to be prescribed antidepressants. The plateau, which began in the early 2000′s, came after a drastic jump from psychotropic drug use in the 80′s and 90′s. Experts believe that this rapid increase may have been due to “more awareness of mental illness among teens, and the advent of new treatments for ADHD and depression.”

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the CDC report.