A.D.H.D. diagnoses on the rise
According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and analyzed by “The New York Times,” the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is increasing, with a 53 percent jump in the past decade. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports.
In its new guidelines for diagnosing and treating ADHD, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents of preschoolers with behavioral issues get their kids evaluated. Could you spot the signs of ADHD in your young child?
For the first time in 10 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revised its recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Among the biggest changes is the inclusion of preschoolers
(4 to 5 year-olds) and adolescents (13- to 18-year-olds); previously, the guidelines focused only on kids between the ages of 6 and 12.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD affects some 5.4 million children in the United States — more than half of whom are 11 or younger. Of those, as many as two-thirds exhibited symptoms at or before age 4, according to a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
Diagnosing ADHD in children that young is complex and somewhat controversial. After all, most 4- and 5-year-olds are fidgety or have energy to burn — but how many of them actually need to be treated for it? The new AAP recommendations clear up some of that confusion for pediatricians and other health professionals, but parents of preschoolers should be aware of the signs and recommendations, too. Here’s what you need to know:
Portrait Health Centers, the industry leader in the treatment of learning disorders for children and adults, shares tips, news, and advice about the treatment, diagnosis, and therapy options for people struggling with Attention Deficit (ADHD) and other learning disorders.