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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Polaris of Enlightenment

Swedish politician calls for more ADHD prescribers as diagnoses continue to increase

Published 7 June 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Minister for Social Affairs Jakob Forssmed (KD).

15% of Swedish boys and 11% of girls will be diagnosed with ADHD, according to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen). The government is therefore asking the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) to consider, among other things, whether more doctors should be able to prescribe medication.

In 2022, about 10.5% of boys and 6% of girls were diagnosed with ADHD, according to the agency. It is also estimated that ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric diagnoses among children and adolescents in Sweden.

– The number of ADHD diagnoses in Sweden has increased significantly over time. The increase has occurred in children, adolescents and adults. The increase shows no signs of slowing down, said Minister of Social Affairs Jakob Forssmed (KD) at a press conference.

Forssmed also said it was time for a new review so that “more people get help at the right time”.

– Since the last treatment recommendations were published in 2016, new drugs, new research and expanded indicators have been added.

The government has therefore tasked the Medical Products Agency with raising awareness among affected parties of ADHD and the use of ADHD medicines, including considering whether more doctors should be able to prescribe them. Today, all prescribing and renewal of prescriptions is done by specialists.

Between 2019 and 2022, the proportion of children and young people diagnosed with ADHD has increased by up to 50%, according to a survey by the National Board of Health and Welfare last year. However, it is not yet clear what has caused this increase.

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