From 1998 to 2016, the rate of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in US children has risen from about 6% to over 10%, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics on Friday (August 31).
The University of Iowa and Shenzhen Children's Hospital in China surveyed the survey results from the United States Centers for Disease Control study on patient health. The survey is conducted annually and includes approximately 35,000 households in the US. Among other things, ADHD diagnoses for children aged 4 to 17 years were searched for two years.
ADHD is characterized by symptoms such as inability to focus, difficulty completing tasks, difficulty paying attention and ignoring instructions, as well as fidgety, talkative or impulsive behavior, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). As a result, children with ADHD may be below average in school. Earlier estimates suggested that about 8.2% of US children were suffering from ADHD.
Although the data suggest that ADHD becomes more common, it is unlikely to do so. More likely, doctors diagnose children with the condition more frequently than before. As with most other mental illnesses, there is no definitive test to tell if a child has ADHD or not; it is instead diagnosed by observing and analyzing symptoms.
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