How to Make Learning Easier – Proportion of Kids Diagnosed with ADHD up 22%.

How to Make Learning Easier – Proportion of Kids Diagnosed with ADHD up 22%.

“ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention and hyperactivity resulting in functional impairment in academic, family, and social settings.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 9.5% of children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • ADHD is now the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder among children in the United States.
  • Diagnosis for ADHD is more than twice as common in boys (13.2%) as in girls (5.6%).
  • Currently 66.3% of children diagnosed with ADHD are taking medication.
  • Although medication for ADHD might reduce symptoms, there are many side effects and they do not completely fix the impairment.

You can read the full report at – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that typically begins in childhood and often persists into adulthood. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention and hyperactivity resulting in functional impairment in academic, family, and social settings. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder of childhood, with previous reports documenting increasing trends in prevalence during the past decade and increases in ADHD medication use. National estimates of the number of children reported by their parents to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD and the percentage of children with ADHD currently taking ADHD medications were published in 2005 using data from the 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). This report describes results from the second administration of NSCH in 2007, which indicated that the percentage of children aged 4–17 years with a parent-reported ADHD diagnosis (ever) increased from 7.8% to 9.5% during 2003–2007, representing a 21.8% increase in 4 years. The findings in this report help to further characterize the substantial impact of ADHD on families.”

“ADHD has a multidimensional effect on a person’s daily life functioning, and can culminate in significant costs attributable to greater health-care needs, more frequent unintentional injury, co-occurring psychiatric conditions, and work loss. ADHD medications can reduce symptoms, but might be associated with side effects and might not completely address functional impairment. Earlier reports also have noted increases in ADHD prevalence; However, this study demonstrated an increase in parent-reported ADHD prevalence across time for every demographic group studied.The highest rates of ADHD diagnosis (ever) in 2007 were among multiracial children and those with Medicaid coverage. Increasing rates of estimated ADHD prevalence might indicate an actual increase in the number of cases of ADHD or changes in diagnostic practice over time, which might have been influenced by increased awareness of the disorder over the period of study. Additional studies are needed to understand other geographic or environmental risk factors associated with rates of ADHD diagnosis, such as state-based policy and health-care provider characteristics. Ongoing surveillance is critical to understanding the public health effect of ADHD and the needs of a growing number of families affected by this disorder.”

 

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