ADHD a growing problem
Almost 1 in 10 children in the
Children between 4 and 17 years old are already on medication to treat this disorder.
These figures were provided by a CDC survey, but it is not very clear yet weather the increase of diagnosed children is due to grater awareness or if it is a new trend. No matter the cause, the results are to be dealt by American families.
Increase in Hispanic population and among teenagers
The most significant increase is among teenagers and the Hispanic population In the 1990’s, most diagnosed children were white, coming from affluent families. Today, black or poor children make no exception. While in the past Hispanic children seemed to be the least affected by ADHD, today this has changed. The rate of diagnosed Hispanic children grew by 53%. Also the diagnosis among teenagers between 15 and 17 years old grew by 42%.
It is considered that the Western states have had the lowest rates of ADHD. Nowadays parents, doctors and teachers are more aware of this problem and have methods to keep it in control. In many cases children are being misdiagnosed, due to the increased awareness towards this disorder. Physicians all over the world should strictly follow the guidelines before diagnosing a child with ADHD.
According to these guidelines, the diagnosis starts by gathering information from the parents, school and caregivers. The
- is in constant motion
- can’t sit still and moves restlessly
- does not seem to listen when you talk to him/her
- does not finish any of its tasks
There can be many triggers for ADHD. The physician should discuss the medical history of the child and take into account several fact like:
- an important life change
- a traumatizing event for the child
- thyroid disorders
- other psychological disorders
To diagnose ADHD, your child should receive a full physical examination.
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