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Rising Percent of Children on ADHD Medicine

Rising Percent of Children on ADHD Medicine

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can take a toll on both parents and children who are diagnosed with the disorder. Moreover, it is on the rise in the U.S. and is the most common chronic (neurobehavioral) condition among children. Diagnosis of ADHD is now occurring as early as the age of 6 for many children.  However, some children who have more severe indications of ADHD have been diagnosed as early as the age of 4. Researches report that from 2003-2004 to 2011-2012 more than 6.4 million children were diagnosed with ADHD. This was a 42 percent increase over an 8 year time span. Also, from 2007-2008 to 2011-2012, over 3.5 million children took medications for the disorder, a 28 percent increase during the 4 year time span.

Concerning ADHD treatment, it is reported that 1 in 5 or 18 percent of children who actually have the disorder did not receive treatment for it during 2011-2012. It is important for parents to keep an open line of communication with the primary care physician concerning how long and if medications are needed to treat ADHD at all. There are many factors to consider before this is an option which is why it is important to contact your doctor concerning what steps you should take next.

Symptoms of ADHD (inattention) in children include:

  • Continuously ignoring details
  • Continuously making mistakes
  • Easily being distracted
  • Lack of attentiveness when spoken to
  • Becoming bored with tasks before completion
  • Frequent and consistent misplacement of familiar items (homework, toys, books, clothes, and other items)
  • Difficulty following instructions or issues with memory
  • Problems in staying organized or remembering and planning ahead

This disorder can often extend into a persons adult life. Those who have been diagnosed with it may also have issues paying attention, being still for prolonged periods, and controlling impulsive behavior. Since medication may not be the best option for every child, it is best to contact your doctor. He/she will initiate the appropriate tests to determine what type treatment is best for your child.

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