1 in 10 Children Diagnosed With ADHD

One in 10 children and teens has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new government report.

That number has remained relatively steady since 2007, according to government estimates. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report offers a snapshot of how many children and teens currently have ADHD. However, it’s tough to draw conclusions from this data about the reasons for the findings, said lead author Patricia Pastor, a researcher in the CDC’s Office of Analysis and Epidemiology.

That’s because, “the National Health Interview Survey does not include any questions about the criteria used for the ADHD diagnosis,” Pastor explained.

The survey also relied on parent reports of diagnosis, not medical records, the authors noted.Finally, this survey may not include all children with ADHD, since it only included those who had been formally diagnosed, the authors noted.

In the study, Pastor’s team combined results from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 National Health Interview Surveys to find out how many children from ages 4 to 17 had been
diagnosed with ADHD within different demographic groups.

According to the CDC, some signs that a child might have ADHD include: squirming or fidgeting, difficulty getting along with others, talking too much, daydreaming a lot,
often forgetting or losing things, taking unnecessary risks, making careless mistakes, and having a hard time resisting temptation.

Know more @ www.nlm.nih.gov

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