ADHD Diagnosis in Children increased 66 Percent in Last Decade

ADHD Diagnosis in Children increased 66 Percent in Last Decade - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that there was a 66 percent increase in children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the last decade. The study also found that more specialists were treating children for ADHD than the primary care physicians. The study results are published in the March/April issue of the journal Academic Pediatrics.

Craig Garfield, M.D., first author of the study, from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a pediatrician at Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, suggested that medical doctors have recognized the symptoms of ADHD more than before, which might be the cause for an increase in the number of cases diagnosed.

Garfield and his colleagues counted the amount ADHD diagnosis and the treatments that were used for anyone under the age of 18. They used the IMS Health National Disease and Therapeutic Index as a reference. The study results showed that in 2010, there were 10.4 million children and teens under the age of 18 that were diagnosed with ADHD compared to 6.2 million in 2000.

The study found that there was a decrease for psycho-stimulants that were used from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, 96 percent of the ADHD patients were taking the psycostimulants. Comparatively, in 2010, there were 87 percent of the ADHD patients taking the same medications. Garfield said that it was unclear why there was not an increase in treatments or other substitute medications.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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