“More children in the U.S. are being diagnosed with ADHD than even before — 10.4 million in 2010 — according to a new study that concluded a staggering rise in diagnoses of 66 percent since the year 2000.”
“The American Psychiatric Association states in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) that 3%-7% of school-aged children have ADHD1. However, studies have estimated higher rates in community samples.”
The percentage of children with a parent-reported ADHD diagnosis increased by 22% between 2003 and 2007.
Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 [Read article Adobe PDF file] and an average of 5.5% per year from 2003 to 2007.
Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.
2.1 million children between the ages of 5 to 11 have ADHD (7.6%)
3 million children between the ages of 12 to 17 have ADHD (12.2%)
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vital and Health Statistics (PDF; December 2010; Series 10, Number 247).For children ages 3-17 years of age, highlighted data include:
5 million children (9% of this age group) have ADHD.
Boys (12%) continue to be more than twice as likely than girls (5%) to have ADHD.
When compared with children who have excellent or very good health, children who have fair or poor health status are more than twice as likely to have ADHD (8% vs. 21%).
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