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Hyperkinetic disorders increasing in children

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The numbers of children and adolescents with hyperkinetic disorders is on the increase, according to German researchers.

A study found hyperkinetic disorders, when patients are overactive and have difficulty concentrating, are becoming more common while looking at prescription rates for methylphenidate, a stimulant drug used to treat such disorders, amongst the group.

The research covered 50, 000-63, 000 children and adolescents per calendar year over the period 2000-2007.

It found hyperkinetic disorders were present in 2.2 per cent of 0-18 year olds, 50 per cent higher than the corresponding figure in 2000.

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  • are these disorders becoming more common or is it that more are being diagnosed and prescribed for? Are normal developmental problems being treated as a disorder for the benefit of the entourage and to the detriment of the child?

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