One out of every 10 U.S. children have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), however government surveys are showing a decline.
In a 2011, a poll of over 95,000 parents showed about 11 percent or 6.4 million children age 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. That’s up from a 2007 survey that found 9.5 percent of young people in that age group had ADHD.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, “nearly one in every five high school age boys and about one in every 11 high school girls was reported by their parents as being diagnosed with having ADHD.”
The numbers have varied between states such as 15 percent of children in Arkansas and Kentucky having a history of ADHD treatment compared to just 4 percent of those in Nevada.
The CDC said, “the number of children placed on ADHD medications which include stimulants such as Ritalin or Concerta rose by about 1 million between 2003 to 2004 and 2011 to 2012.” Basically more than 3.5 million young people between the ages of 4 to 17 are now taking an ADHD drug.
Half of the children with ADHD are diagnosed by the age of 6, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Susanna Visser, author and CDC researcher said, “this finding suggests that there are a large number of young children who could benefit from the early initiation of behavioral therapy, which is recommended as the first line treatment for preschool children with ADHD.”
The CDC noted the good news about the survey is that ADHD diagnoses among American children were rising at a 6 percent rate in mid-2000 and it was 4 percent from 2007 to 2011.
Visser said, “the slower rate of diagnoses might reflect that doctors are closer to identifying most of the young people’s disorder.”
ADHD makes it difficult for kids to focus and control impulsive behaviors. The following treatments can be used such as drugs, behavioral therapy or both.