Study Finds Drastic Increase in Kids with ADHD

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More parents are reporting their kids have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. The number is up from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health.

That means 1 million more kids were diagnosed with ADHD over the course of four years.

The study, “Increasing Prevalence of Parent-Reported Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children,” notes that all demographic groups have reporting this increase. No states had any significant decline in the number of children with ADHD.

About 4.8% of families surveyed were using medication to treat their kids.

Researchers aren’t sure if this means more kids have ADHD, or whether families are just more aware and willing to talk about it. Other factors include changes in he way doctors and insurance companies are cases.

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