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Past Decade Sees Rise in ADHD

Past Decade Sees Rise in ADHD

More children than ever before are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics indicate that around 6 million youngsters, or approximately 11 percent of school-age kids, have gotten such a diagnosis at some point.

The most alarming figures are among boys in high school. It seems that one in five is now being treated for ADHD. These numbers have raised concern among many experts, especially since it shows an increase of 16 percent since 2007 and of 53 percent since 2002. Many families are caught in a dilemma, since treating ADHD with medications such as Adderall or Ritalin can be extremely helpful for some affected youngsters but can lead to serious side effects and abuse for others. We discussed this controversy in 2012 with two of the country’s leading experts, Dr. Alan Sroufe and Dr. Ned Hallowell.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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