Skip to comments.ADHD diagnoses in U.S. children rise 53% in the past decade, CDC data show
Posted on 04/01/2013 11:51:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
One in five high school boys and 11% of schoolkids overall have received an ADHD diagnosis, according to new data from the CDC. The data also shows two-thirds of children diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed stimulants like Adderall (above) and Ritalin. About 6.4 million children have received an ADHD diagnosis at some point an increase of 16% since 2007 and 53% in the past decade.
One in five high school boys and 11% of all schoolkids in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Two-thirds of kids who are diagnosed are prescribed stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, the data also showed.
The findings come from a cellphone and landline survey of more than 76,000 parents between February 2011 and June 2012.
ADHD is characterized by difficulty paying attention, maintaining focus on tasks and controlling impulsive behaviors. Other symptoms include frequent daydreaming, squirming or fidgeting, and talking out of turn. It is usually diagnosed in childhood, though it can continue into adulthood, and boys are more frequently diagnosed than girls.
The American Psychiatric Association estimates in its current diagnostic manual that 3 to 7% of children have ADHD, though other studies have calculated higher rates. Children's health experts reacted to the new CDC data with surprise and concern.
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My 11-year-old. Doesn't require drugs, just "Go natter about the Franco-Prussian War somewhere else, Pat. I'm sure the cats are interested."
They never existed. Our progressive society is making the children of this nation sick, and eventually, it’s going to kill them.
“Gimme Mah Crazy Check!”
Looks like they don’t care about the quiet kids, and I’m not talking about the ones that already know the answer. Just the generally quiet kids that don’t talk much.
1. Food additives - glutamate for example. (AKA MSG among other names) Is used as a preservative in processed foods. But glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter. With the rise in processed food consumption, you cannot feed a child a steady diet of exogenous excitatory brain chemicals & expect them to sit still. Red food dye has been shown to have the same effect.
2. Lack of parenting. As another poster pointed out, some kids can sit for hours & play video games or stare at the TV, but when it comes to school, they aren’t made to apply themselves & be disciplined.
Our country is hosed.
“O.K. I was in born in 1940”
Diets have changed. We eat less homemade, natural foods & more processed Frankenfoods. Who knows what effects on behaviors these chemicals have?
Another designer disease.
Instead of sitting at a computer, let the kids go outside and run their energy off.
I was born in '45. I had that adhd crap along with a few other boys in 5th grade, our teacher, Mr. Jackson, slapped it right outta everyone of us.
“Experts say some parents may push for the diagnosis because they see ADHD as a problem that can be fixed with medication.”
Is it not considered a “disability” and do not the parents get extra federal checks ? And we know how that works.
“Diets have changed. We eat less homemade, natural foods & more processed Frankenfoods. Who knows what effects on behaviors these chemicals have?”
And let’s not forget about C-sections for convenience by as much as 2 weeks.
I have a goal of, within a few years, replacing over half of our food intake with stuff we produce ourselves...
hope it helps.
Come heah an’ git it, yah crazy bastidge.
Why are they using drugs which are stimulants and treat a person who can fall asleep at any time? Aren’t these kids stimulated enough already?
ADD and ADHD. Along with the other Disorders.
Simply a drug and government scam machine.
Traceable to the dismantling of the two parent, father-governed home.
What percentage of these diagnosed children have been enrolled in the SSI program and now bring in checks to their parents, courtesy of the American taxpayer.
Welfare fraud is still welfare fraud, only now, they’ve got more interesting ways of claiming it.
But, it still is easier to blame teachers instead of parenting.
The child is now on medication for a "learning disorder" because she cannot grasp math.
Looks like perfection in every subject is now the goal...anything less is a learning "disorder".
What about those that need a C-section, because the child isn’t set correctly in the womb. My sister needed a C-section because she otherwise wouldn’t have come out by natural birth. Though in hindsight, would’ve been better off to call a stork for a return...
Rename this “Lazy Parent Disease.” Way too many parents go along with these diagnoses to avoid having to deal with an active boy. If he’s doped up in front of the TV, its less the parent has to deal with.
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