Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Recent research by the CDC indicates that the number of children who have this disorder is on the rise. Dr. Edward Hill talks about ADHD rates in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

About 5 percent of children in this country between the ages of 6 and 17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control.

Data came from the parents of 23,000 children. The parents were asked if a doctor or other health professional had ever diagnosed their child with ADHD or attention deficit disorder.

ADHD diagnoses were twice as common among boys as girls. ADHD was also more common among adolescents and teens than younger kids, among whites or African-American children than among Hispanic children, and among kids covered by Medicaid than uninsured or privately insured kids.

The CDC also reports a 3 percent average annual increase in childhood ADHD over the last decade, and that children with ADHD diagnoses were more likely than other kids to have other chronic health conditions.

The latest ADHD statistics only capture diagnosed cases of ADHD. The true number of children with ADHD may be much higher.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.