ADHD diagnosis on the rise

22 January 2013

A recent study of 840,000 children in California has indicated a significant rise, of 24%, in the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Darios Getahun, researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group, confirmed that the instances of ADHD in boys within the study was three times as high as in girls and that it was more prevalent in higher income families: although that this might be accounted for by greater parental interest in their school performance.

Dr Benjamin Lahey of the University of Chicago suggests that the study is more likely to indicate previous under diagnosis of ADHD by the medical group in previous years, and that in fact the numbers of children with ADHD are quite stable.

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