Thursday, April 26, 2012

Children diagnosed with ADHD Study

According to a government report in 2011, 1 in 10 children are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This is an increase from more than tens years ago. 

Now, this doesn't necessarily mean mean that there are more ADHD children, it could mean that they are better detecting the disorder and therefore an increase in diagnoses of ADHD,
which is a good thing in my opinion.
A researcher noted "We don't have the data to say for certain what explains these patterns, but I would caution against concluding that what we have here is a real increase in the occurrence of this condition" to HealthDay.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that diagnoses of child ADHD rose from 7% from 1998-2000 to 9% from 2007-2009. I didn't find anything more recent yet. 

The study also showed that more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADHD, as described in my recent article ADHD in Boys vs. Girls. However, the increase in the child ADHD diagnoses has risen about equally for both sexes. From 1998-2000 ADHD ages 5-17, in boys rose from 9.9% to 12.3% and in girls the same ages rose from 3.6% to 5.5%. This study also noted that ADHD in Mexican children was lower than any other ethnic groups.

In addition and conclusion about half of children with ADHD will continue to have it through adulthood. As for the other half, I am curious and looking into it to see if it is a possibility that children can grow out of ADHD.

Resources: Centers for Disease and Control, HealthDay, Huffington Post,

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