The world’s first long term data review, puublished by the Western Australian Department of Health, argued that "that there is little long-term benefit of stimulant medication in the core symptoms of ADHD."

Source: Speed Up & Sit Still: The Story of ADHD in Australia

ADHD child prescribing rates increase sharply; with Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart vying for the dubious honour of being Australia’s Child Drugging Capital

Australian Government figures indicate that between 2007 and 2009 the number of children in Australia on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme subsidised ADHD drugs increased 23%, with large variations between states. In 2009 children living in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania were nearly twice as likely to be ‘medicated’ for ADHD than children living in South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Researchers from the United States recently suggested that medication has no beneficial effects on ADHD sufferers in the long-term and have warn that the medication can lead to stunted growth in a significant number of patients. ABC Radio National's World Today (13 Noember 2007) interviewed Professor William Pelham who has been involved in a national study on ADHD treatment since the 1990s.

You can read the transcript of the World Today story or download and listen to the full interview with Professor Pelham (MP3).

By Barry Turner , 2003.

There are some people that are denying that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder exists. They are accused of being irresponsible, causing the condition to be underdiagnosed and even causing the sufferers of this disease to "unwittingly self medicate with illegal drugs or alcohol". If it were not for the fact that the explosion in ADHD diagnosis and treatment with stimulants such as Ritalin (Methylphenidate) represents the greatest medical catastrophe since Thalidomide these statements would be laughable.