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Psychiatric Drug Therapy Among U.S. Teens Steady at 6%

About 6 percent of U.S. teenagers report using a psychiatric medicine, such as an antidepressant or attention-deficit treatment, as drug therapy for the conditions remains steady, a government survey found.

Boys were more likely than girls to be given stimulant medications such as Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Girls were more likely to use antidepressants. Drugs for ADHD and antidepressants were the most-common medicines used by the 12- to 19-year-olds surveyed from 2005 to 2010.