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ADHD Diagnoses Increased More Than 50 Percent in a Decade


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JL
- 537 days ago - motherjones.com
In 2011, eleven percent of school-age children had been diagnosed with ADHD That's a sixteen percent more than in 2007 and 53 percent more than a decade ago, according to a New York Times analysis of new data from the Center for Disease Control.



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JL A. (275)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:22 pm


Mother Jones
ADHD Diagnoses Increased More Than 50 Percent in a Decade
More and more kids are being diagnosed with ADHD, but do all of them actually have it?

By Maggie Severns | Tue Apr. 2, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

In 2011, eleven percent of school-age children had been diagnosed with ADHD That's a sixteen percent more than in 2007 and 53 percent more than a decade ago, according to a New York Times [1]analysis of new data [2] from the Center for Disease Control.

This comes out to a grand total 6.4 million children in the US, up to 4 million of whom have prescriptions for Adderall, Ritalin, or other medication, a class of drugs that brings in an estimated $9 billion in sales annually. The Times found that boys, particularly teenage boys ages 14-17, have the highest rates of diagnosis, though no one knows why:
The New York Times

The director of the CDC told the New York Times that "The right medications for A.D.H.D., given to the right people, can make a huge difference. Unfortunately, misuse appears to be growing at an alarming rate." The CDC estimates [3] that we spend $31.6 billion annually in health care and work absence costs for children and adults with ADHD and their families.

Clearly, more and more kids are being diagnosed with ADHD. What the new study doesn't tell us is whether more and more kids actually have it. Another recent CDC study, [4] that both surveyed parents and screened children, suggested doctors are over-diagnosing ADHD in some kids while overlooking the condition in others. The survey, which focused on South Carolina and Oklahoma, found that of children taking ADHD medication, only 40 percent in South Carolina and 28 percent in Oklahoma actually met the diagnostic criteria for ADHD.

In other words, the current system for diagnosing kids with ADHD is probably not working very well. Meanwhile, as another recent story in the Times [5] demonstrated, concerns over the potential side effects of ADHD medications—which can include addiction and anxiety—are mounting.
Source URL: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/04/study-diagnoses-adhd-are-more-50-percent-over-ten-years

Links:
[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/health/more-diagnoses-of-hyperactivity-causing-concern.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
[2] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/slaits/nsch.htm
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=DetailsSearch&term=Costs+of+attention+deficit+disorder+AND+%28ADHD%29+AND+in+the+U.S.+%3A+Excess+costs+of+persons+with+ADHD+and+their+family+members+in+2000&log$=activity
[4] http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/play2.html
[5] http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/concerns-about-adhd-practices-and-amphetamine-addiction.html?pagewanted=all
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:53 pm

Could it be that more children have symptoms of various problems because they were born into a world filled with toxins? Both the human body and brain react to those toxins. Could it be the massively huge and corrupt Pharmaceutical companies are nothing more than a drug cartel pushing more than some opium and cocaine, these guys don't really care about those little cheap drugs. They have a literal cornucopia of drugs to peddle as they have proven time and again. If no one needs the drugs, the drugs are used for other things.

No one ever heard of COPD until there was drug for that. Depressed, life getting you down? There's a drug for that.

I know that many children are possibly diagnosed improperly, and I think that many decent doctors don't know what to do; so we come back to, there's a drug for that.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:01 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:03 pm
the more drugs-the more diseases-the more research-the more drugs-the more diseases-the more research-the mre drugs...and on and onandon..
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:49 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:12 pm
Our world is polluted,so we are.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:34 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:47 am

Too many people liveing in too much concreate with a life style that's too fast.
 

Carol D. (109)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 11:50 am
Too many chemicals in everything and too much stress
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:05 pm
From what I have read, diagnosing ADHD is a subjective process and can lead to mistakes and a dependency on medication. I have heard several young men tell me that they have this supposed condition and they seem fine to me.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:09 pm
Boys are naturally rambunctious. This is not a disease or something that needs to be "cured"
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:25 pm
and perhaps not enough recess? You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:40 pm
Don't let them sit in a classroom for the whole day, and the kids will be just fine.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:12 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Birgit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Friday April 5, 2013, 12:32 am
If children were allowed sufficient time to romp and play so many drugs wouldn't be needed.
 

Sam E M. (0)
Friday April 5, 2013, 2:37 am
Perhaps if children were brought up to spend as much free time as possible doing outdoor activities and sports and playing board games together when bad weather keeps them indoors, there would be fewer with ADHD, because their energy would be all spent up with running and climbing, with the extra plus that being outside teaches them about Nature.
There used to be peace and quiet in the world before canned music was everywhere, and listening to radio or watching TV used to be recreational before we got into shouting and violence, not to mention video games. No wonder many children today have so many problems compared to previous generations.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday April 5, 2013, 5:11 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday April 5, 2013, 7:30 am
You are welcome Kerrie.
You cannot currently send a star to Zee because you have done so within the last day.
 

Aaron Bouchard (130)
Friday April 5, 2013, 7:30 pm
Noted thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Friday April 5, 2013, 7:42 pm
You are welcome Aaron.
 

K B. (89)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 11:48 am
Please take the time to sign and inform other people to do as well , thanks

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/support-teacher-staff-training-adhd/
 

K B. (89)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 11:58 am
Dealt with schools and teachers about Adhd . All this diagnosis of Adhd is nothing but a default on the school system's part to do their job and accept the children as they are. It is only when the school teacher throws their hands up in the air that they cannot handle it anymore. This is the frustrated point of view. I read a subject back that in Japan they might diagnose a child with Adhd , but they do not medicate, instead , they offer advice on how to manage the education or study behavior.

Please sign my petition : Please take the time to sign and inform other people to do as well , thanks

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/support-teacher-staff-training-adhd/
 
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