There are more and more cases of parents giving their teens ADHD medications even though they have not been diagnosed with the mental health disorder, simply because they believe the child’s grades will improve
Troy, MI (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
Michigan mental health professionals at the Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported on a study by the Partnership at Drugfree.org, which found that prescription drug abuse among teens has risen 33% since 2008. Lori Edelson, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist said, “The latest study on drug abuse by teens confirmed some of the most alarming trends in prescription medication abuse, including the use of drugs like Adderall or Ritalin in teens who haven’t been properly diagnosed with ADHD and the frightening practice of stealing pills from the family’s own medicine cabinet in order to sell them or abuse them.” The study found that one in four teens reported misusing or abusing a prescription medication at least once in their lifetime.
This latest study on the complicated mental health issue of drug abuse in teens, found that many parents have lax attitudes and even incorrect beliefs when it comes to ADHD medications. Edelson said, “There are more and more cases of parents giving their teens ADHD medications even though they have not been diagnosed with the mental health disorder, simply because they believe the child’s grades will improve, but that isn’t how these medications work.” Drugfree.org’s results found that nearly one-third of parents believe that drugs like Adderall or Ritalin will improve their teen’s academic performance, even if they do not have ADHD.
Birmingham Maple Clinic offers mental health counseling and treatment for many mental health conditions, including ADHD and substance abuse, and provides personalized care that is managed by an in-house team of mental health experts and a caring staff. The clinic, located in Troy, offers mental health counseling for families, couples and individuals.
Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan since 1972, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit birminghammaple.com.