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Government Report Reveals 1 in 10 Children are Diagnosed with ADHD

Government Report Reveals 1 in 10 Children are Diagnosed with ADHD

According to a newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, one in 10 children are diagnosed with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

ADHD, reportedly the most common mental health in children, effects the child's ability to focus, sit still, and concentrate as it is marked by attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

"According to the CDC, some signs that a child might have ADHD include: squirming or fidgeting, difficulty getting along with others, talking too much, daydreaming a lot, often forgetting or losing things, taking unnecessary risks, making careless mistakes, and having a hard time resisting temptation," according to HealthDay.

In other words, the disorder can have a huge impact on a child's ability to learn and keep up with other students in the classroom.

Unfortunately, several factors impact how accurate the new finds actually are. The survey did not rely on medical records but rather "parent reports of the diagnosis."

Further, the National Health Interview Survey used for the report did not ask any questions about the criteria used in the ADHD diagnosis, an important question to ask because there is no single test used to diagnose for the disorder.

Nonetheless, the report interestingly found that boys were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as girls across all age groups.

"It is unclear why ADHD is more common in boys than girls, though the male predominance appears to be greatest among kids who are hyperactive and impulsive, not just inattentive," said [chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. Dr. Andrew] Adesman, who was not involved in the new study. The greater proportion of boys diagnosed with ADHD tends to be especially pronounced among preschoolers," he said, according to HealthDay.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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