January 22, 2013

Adult Awareness the Reason

1 New Diagnoses of ADHD Rise 24% in 10 Years

Over a ten year period the rate of new cases of childhood ADHD has soared by 24 percent, according to a study of professional diagnoses by Kaiser Permanente of Southern California. Based on the records of 843,000 kids ages 5 to 11, the rate of new ADHD cases rose from 2.5 percent of the population in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010. The rise was even more extreme among minorities, ballooning by almost 70 percent among black children and 60 percent among Hispanic youth. For black girls, the increase was a stunning 90 percent. Overall rates, however, were highest in white children at 5.6 percent, up from a former 4.7 percent. Most experts attribute the increase not to more cases of the condition but to greater awareness among parents, teachers and pediatricians, leading to more diagnoses.

More at Vitals.nbcnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Immature Kids May Be Misdiagnosed with ADHD

Tags: ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Rates of ADHD, Increase in ADHD

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