Increases in ADHD diagnosis

by Nicole Krawczyk

According to a study by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the number of children and teenagers diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States has increased significantly over the past decade, especially in females.adhd

A health data survey collected results from about 190,000 children from 2003-2011. The study focused on a specific question that asked parents if doctors or other health care providers had told them their children had ADHD.

It was discovered that the rate of ADHD increased by 55 percent in girls and 40 percent in boys.

The research suggested that ADHD in girls might manifest itself though symptoms not traditionally thought of as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For example, girls with this condition might have a greater tendency to be withdrawn. This study highlights the importance of diagnosis and the potential future problems that may occur if children are not diagnosed.

Look at my interactive digital tool on this interesting study..

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