Percentage of Kids with ADHD Keeps Rising
More than one out of 10 U.S. kids now have been diagnosed with ADHD, reflecting a dramatic surge in recent years.
That's the conclusion of a new study at George Washington University, which found that roughly 5.8 million children aged five to 17 years have been diagnosed with ADHD, which is characterized by social and behavioral problems, as well as challenges in school.
The researchers said they found surprising spikes in ADHD diagnoses among girls, Hispanics and older kids. One possible explanation for the jump in diagnoses for girls, according to one of the scientists, is a greater recognition of ADHD symptoms (e.g. withdrawn, internalizing) that in the past hadn't been considered a sign of the condition,
While white children continue to make up the majority of cases, diagnosis rates climbed much more for black and Hispanic children.
Over the study period, diagnoses among Hispanic children spiked 83 percent, and for blacks, 58 percent. Previous research raised concerns that children from minority groups may have been underdiagnosed in the past.