Dramatic rise in number of children diagnosed with ADHD

April 1, 2013 1:12:37 PM PDT
A new report is revealing a dramatic rise in the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Nearly 20 percent of high school age boys and 11 percent of children overall have received a medical diagnosis of ADHD, according to new data from the centers for disease control and prevention.

An estimated 6.4 million children ages 4-17 have received an ADHD diagnosis at some point in their lives, a jump of 53 percent in the past 10 years.

Some critics say the rise could be a sign that the ADHD diagnosis and the medication used to treat it are being overused.


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