1 in 10 kids in the US has ADHD

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Registered: 11-13-2008
1 in 10 kids in the US has ADHD
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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 4:02pm

Research has found an increase in the number of children that have been diagnoses with ADHD in the US, and they believe that it's because of better screening and diagnosis: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40113826/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/.

Do you think that is the reason or is something else going on?

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 5:12pm

I agree with the experts. I think there's a much greater awareness of ADHD and therefore, better treatment. When I was in school in the 70s, kids with ADHD were just labeled the "bad kids." I remember one clearly who couldn't sit still in 5th grade and just know now he had it. He was constantly in trouble because he couldn't focus or stop moving around.

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 11:21pm

I think there is more awareness, but there are also more Pediatricians willing to RX meds without an evaluation.

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Wed, 11-17-2010 - 12:50pm
I don't know. I haven't met any parents dealing with ADHD who got a quick diagnosis. I think the "doctors quick to give pills" angle gets played up in the media more than it really occurs.