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ADHD drugs concern judge - Australia

ADHD drugs concern judge

April 20, 2007

ATTENTION Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the most over-diagnosed condition in the community, according to a Wollongong District Court judge.

Judge Paul Conlon yesterday questioned whether enough was known about the long-term effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs like Ritalin, while issuing his judgment for a 20-year-old man convicted of assault and an indecent act.

"I know there are those with the appropriate medical qualifications who are concerned about the effects of these drugs on the mental health of young persons," he said.

"However I fear they are not nearly vocal enough."

In a report tendered to the court, consultant psychiatrist Dr Yolande Lucire said the man had been diagnosed with ADHD at age six, and was prescribed Ritalin.

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