According to the most recent results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 6.4 million American children have received an ADHD diagnosis in their lifetimes. This is an increase of 16% since 2007 and a 53% increase over the last decade. With statistics like these, it’s no wonder that ADHD has been a hot topic among parents, health care professionals, researchers, experts and government officials.
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is currently considered the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in children. According to the most recent information, about 7 percent of all children are diagnosed with the condition, and it is three times more prevalent in boys than in girls.
With the prevalence of ADHD in most countries today, it would make sense that researchers are concerned with the potential long-term effects of medication often used to treat the condition. One research group from Australia recently focused on the effect that the medication can have on puberty and growth on boys throughout the teen years.
With so many children diagnosed with ADHD, it would make sense that doctors want to better therapy measures for those children. Mayo Clinic researchers believe they have made it possible to do just that with some new tools they’ve developed for diagnosing ADHD and ODD in children.
Inattentiveness, trouble sitting still and hyperactivity are all tell-tale signs and symptoms of ADHD in children. These symptoms can disrupt almost every aspect of a child’s life, particularly academic performance. Medications can be and are used to treat symptoms of ADHD, but there is little known about how treatment affects academic performance.
A recent study, conducted by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that antibiotics prescribed to adolescents have seen a decline over the last eight years, as have allergy medications, pain medications, depression medications, cough and cold medicines. Contraceptives and medications to treat symptoms associated with ADHD, however, have increased during that time.
All medications can have adverse effects. Those effects can be intensified by taking the wrong medication or a medication that you don’t need. Additionally, certain medications are monitored very carefully for a reason. One such case is Adderall, a medication for ADHD manufactured by Teva. It is classified with other medications that are monitored carefully to help prevent abuse and addiction.
The American pediatricians’ group has recently proposed new guidelines for diagnosing ADHD in children. Once only limited to children between the ages of 6 and 12, the group now says that they have emerging evidence that would lead to effective diagnosis of children as young as 4 and as old as 18.