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ADHD diagnoses in U.S. children rise 53% in the past decade, CDC data show
New York Daily News ^ | 04/01/2013 | Tracy Miller

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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KEYWORDS: adhd; cdc; disorders; health; medicine
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1 posted on 04/01/2013 11:51:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s an EPIDEMIC.

American Boy Disease...


2 posted on 04/01/2013 11:52:59 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Misuse of ADHD drugs is "growing at an alarming rate," said CDC director Thomas Frieden, PhD.


Experts say some parents may push for the diagnosis because they see ADHD as a problem that can be fixed with medication.
3 posted on 04/01/2013 11:53:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Could it really be a problem with the children...or.....

Nah, progressives are never, ever wrong.


4 posted on 04/01/2013 11:54:37 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind
Here Ya Go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsGkk1GGw3w


5 posted on 04/01/2013 11:56:37 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind
I have a firend who has a 13 year old that SUPPOSEDLY has ADHD.

Although he SUPPOSEDLY cannot stay focused in the classroom he CAN and DOES spend hours playing video games.

6 posted on 04/01/2013 11:58:39 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Da Coyote

Its a problem with the teachers not wanting to deal with run of the mill kids acting up behavior.
So lets drug them during their “Wonder Bread Years” and then when we take them off the drug they can become “Adam Lanzas”.


7 posted on 04/01/2013 11:58:52 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: SeekAndFind

When we were assigned in Panama in the late ‘80s, the DoDDS school system in Panama employed a “prescriptionist”, who prescribed Ritalin for virtually every kid (read “boy”) who ever acted up or talked in class. My wife was a substitute teacher - she couldn’t believe how many boys in each class had to have their pills every day.


8 posted on 04/01/2013 11:59:25 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: KC_Lion

Nice

But then the kids will cry uncontrollably. Then they’ll go into school, tell someone their mom/dad hit them, then the kid gets taken away from the home. All according to plan.


9 posted on 04/01/2013 11:59:40 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: MrB

It is a manufactured disease, and the CDC has no business tracking it, just like they do for spousal abuse as a disease, home weapons as a health danger, etc.

They are now under a program to publicize this because the government will be using ADHD and it’s prescriptions as a reason to deny one of these children the right to own a firearm when they get older.


10 posted on 04/01/2013 11:59:44 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: VideoDoctor

A Pill is easier than Parenting,

just get the boy diagnosed with

Absent Dad/Husband Disease and you’re all set

for your extra “me time”.


11 posted on 04/01/2013 12:01:41 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: t1b8zs
and then when we take them off the drug they can become “Adam Lanzas”.

...and then use that as reason to take away our 2nd Amendment rights.....

12 posted on 04/01/2013 12:01:42 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: MrB
Absent Dad/Husband Disease

Excellent!

13 posted on 04/01/2013 12:02:50 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Da Coyote

O.K. I was in born in 1940. I cannot remember ANY of my fellow classmates that I would consider outside the “normal” range. I was aware of a few children with Downs Syndrome. I had a cousin with M.D.. I knew an adult neighbor that suffered from epilepsy. There was an elderly lady that lived a couple of miles away that would wander her neighborhood and talk to herself. By the time I got to high school, there were a couple of not too bright kids that had repeated a couple of classes. If they were ADHD, that would be a couple out of hundreds.

My question is to all the old teachers out there. Where did they hide all these ADHD kids back then?? That was pre airconditioning and in the South, they would never have survived living in the attics and we didn’t have basements.


14 posted on 04/01/2013 12:04:18 PM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t forget, school districts get increased per pupil aid for children with diagnosed conditions.

Not that administrators would be tempted.

Just sayin’


15 posted on 04/01/2013 12:08:44 PM PDT by biggerten (Love you, Mom.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When our son was in 3rd grade, the school counselor said he had ADD. As we were leaving that meeting, Mr. M asked how many kids were diagnosed with ADD. She said 49% of boys to which Mr. M replied, then its normal. We had hi tested. Seems he was gifted. Our son made it clear however that he would not be singled out and put in any program so we made him do extra work and kept on his case. He still fought regular school and now at 33 will tell you he probably was/is ADD. I diagnose it as genius with faint Aspergers and somewhat savant.


16 posted on 04/01/2013 12:09:12 PM PDT by Mercat (I'm loving this Pope)
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To: MrB

More like a Social Security Disability epidemic. (I think they get $700/month per child for ADD kids.)


17 posted on 04/01/2013 12:10:47 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Las Vegas Ron; MrB

It’s sadly perfect.


18 posted on 04/01/2013 12:12:31 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: SeekAndFind
ADHD = Payment to parents from state or federal agencies for each ADHD child and lots of extra attention from school personnel (kindergarten through college). In college, for instance, you get (FREE) your own testing room, double or triple time for tests, a paid notetaker, and a professor (not a student) to tutor you, if you so request.

A world-class scam that is going to blow up in our faces.

19 posted on 04/01/2013 12:12:47 PM PDT by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: MrB

Exactly! Do not ever trust these people with your children. It is a bunch of bologna. There is no such thing as ADD or ADHD. It is unicorn for the communists who need to destory all that is good in the USA.


20 posted on 04/01/2013 12:12:49 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Mercat
I diagnose it as genius with faint Aspergers and somewhat savant.

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."

21 posted on 04/01/2013 12:14:08 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA! Y a su pueblo? VICTORIA!)
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To: Gadsden1st

They never existed. Our progressive society is making the children of this nation sick, and eventually, it’s going to kill them.


22 posted on 04/01/2013 12:14:09 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

“Gimme Mah Crazy Check!”


23 posted on 04/01/2013 12:14:55 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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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.


24 posted on 04/01/2013 12:15:58 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Two things:

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.


25 posted on 04/01/2013 12:17:30 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: Gadsden1st

“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?


26 posted on 04/01/2013 12:18:34 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another designer disease.


27 posted on 04/01/2013 12:20:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Instead of sitting at a computer, let the kids go outside and run their energy off.


28 posted on 04/01/2013 12:21:59 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Gadsden1st
O.K. I was in born in 1940. I cannot remember ANY of my fellow classmates that I would consider outside the “normal” range

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.

29 posted on 04/01/2013 12:23:30 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


30 posted on 04/01/2013 12:23:39 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: surroundedbyblue

“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.


31 posted on 04/01/2013 12:25:15 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: surroundedbyblue

I have a goal of, within a few years, replacing over half of our food intake with stuff we produce ourselves...

hope it helps.


32 posted on 04/01/2013 12:25:18 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Come heah an’ git it, yah crazy bastidge.


33 posted on 04/01/2013 12:25:20 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


34 posted on 04/01/2013 12:25:55 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


35 posted on 04/01/2013 12:26:26 PM PDT by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


36 posted on 04/01/2013 12:28:42 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: t1b8zs
Last time I heard, schools don't diagnose ADHD or prescribe Rx.

But, it still is easier to blame teachers instead of parenting.

37 posted on 04/01/2013 12:30:18 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I know someone with a child who is great in English classes, poor in math.

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".

38 posted on 04/01/2013 12:30:46 PM PDT by what's up
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To: freeangel

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...


39 posted on 04/01/2013 12:33:31 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


40 posted on 04/01/2013 12:33:49 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Graybeard58

It’s a manufactured reason for not working at raising boys.
They tried this with my youngest son. I endured one day of him on that pill and threw them down the toilet. He was a bright, active, happy kid who required a lot of action to “wear him out”. I refused to make him a zombie. His teachers were not happy and he spent most of his elementary school years sitting in the hall. Fortunately, I homeschooled him before it was legal and he is extremely smart and successful, with his own little hyper child to “wear out” and make tired enough to sit sill. Exercise is survival for boys.


41 posted on 04/01/2013 12:34:13 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: VideoDoctor
I have a firend who has a 13 year old that SUPPOSEDLY has ADHD. Although he SUPPOSEDLY cannot stay focused in the classroom he CAN and DOES spend hours playing video games.

I think you've unwittingly hit upon why boys today have a hard time focusing.... they're used to the quick, short attention span gaming that they've grown up on. How can a classroom even hope to capture their attention?

I don't game but my business is on the computer. And I've noticed that I have a much harder time focusing on reading a book now than I used to, which I could do for hours. My mind just keeps jumping away from it. Is it because on the computer you can jump from website to website and the brain "learns" to be impatient?

I don't know. But at 49 I notice a difference in myself. I wonder what it's doing to brains that are still growing and developing.

42 posted on 04/01/2013 12:36:44 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: SeekAndFind

My son is ADHD, which is a diagnosis his school will never know about. We did not go through the diagnostic process for an IEP, crazy check (SSI check), or drugs. We work on his issues with positive reinforcement, eliminating his rituals, punishing misbehavior not due to his ADHD, and greatly altering his/our diets. We saw a great improvement when we eliminated dairy from his diet, for example. We also work closely with our chiropractor and naturopath specialist. Our son takes a high amount of a product called Neuromax (since ADHD is a neurological disorder), digestive enzymes, and probiotics. While he ate a pretty healthy diet to begin with, the occasional trips tp McD’s are over. We eat no processed foods or foods with HFCS, MSG, or artificial colors and flavorings. This means I make and can our stocks, roast meats to make sandwiches, and even make all of our tortillas! We eat much more like my grandparents did.

Also, my husband and I are married and he is the rock of our family. I gave birth to our son naturally and he never had a drop of formula. I also made all of his baby food. Our son receives different forms of discipline as needed, including corporal punishment. Both sets of his grandparents are married to their first spouses as well, and are a positive and loving presence on their grandson’s life. Not all ADHD cases are the same, so please don’t lump all situations into baby mama just doesn’t want to deal with it scenarios. To be honest, I used to think the same thing. Now with our experience with this precious guy, my feelings are quite different.


43 posted on 04/01/2013 12:37:09 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Tax-chick

At issue back then was that he got bored easily with 3rd grade work and just wouldn’t fill out the stupid worksheets. So we used adrenaline instead of ritilin.

He got a BS in geology but is now a professional musician. Go figure.


44 posted on 04/01/2013 12:38:00 PM PDT by Mercat (I'm loving this Pope)
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To: VideoDoctor

Bingo. I see it in my son. He can tell you every permutation of a game he is playing but “struggles” to remember to write down his homework or memorize multiplication tables or simple formulas like area or a circle.


45 posted on 04/01/2013 12:38:22 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: t1b8zs

When we were kids it was called “not paying attention” and were acted upon accordingly - not some new age moniker for drugging kids. If you got out of line you were put back in line swiftly.
My father was a school administrator and retired early (35 yr ago). He said at the time that changes were coming and they were NOT good ones so he opted out.
Discipline has been removed from the classroom - parents as well as teachers have been taken out of the authority loop.
There is hardly any local control concerning curriculum nowadays -


46 posted on 04/01/2013 12:38:24 PM PDT by LFOD (Formerly - Iraq, Afgahnistan - back home in Dixie.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does an ADD diagnosis result in SSI benefits for the child?


47 posted on 04/01/2013 12:42:17 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe it’s the school that’s the disease...


48 posted on 04/01/2013 12:43:07 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Truth2012

Yep.

Just like the major league ball players who routinely took ‘greenies’, or amphetamines, in order to improve their performance a few decades ago. Except then, nobody went by the charade that if they improved their concentration and performance that meant they were ADHD, or that only those with ADHD were helped by them.


49 posted on 04/01/2013 12:59:53 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Resolute Conservative

“but “struggles” to remember to write down his homework or memorize multiplication tables or simple formulas like area or a circle.”

Might I suggest you introduce him to computer programming? If he likes games, he might think it’s fun to design his own, and then he would need to learn the math in order to do that. Trick him into learning what he needs to learn, in order to learn what he wants to learn :)


50 posted on 04/01/2013 1:03:34 PM PDT by Boogieman
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