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ADHD and the National Survey on Children's Health

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM
The "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" is an excellent resource for statistics about the health of U.S. Citizens.  It recently reviewed the results of the 2007 National Survey on Children's Health (NSCH) and compared them to those from a similar survey performed in 2003.  According to their parents, 22% more children had been diagnosed with ADHD!  The rise in diagnoses was highest for teenagers from 15 to 17 years old.  It is not clear why the rate has increased so significantly.  Some people think that there is less stigma attached to the diagnosis now while others feel that clinicians got better at recognizing and treating ADHD.  It will be interesting to see whether the rise continues in the next NSCH and to continue to study the results of this one.
 

Categories: ADHD prevalence

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