ADHD Diagnoses Up 24% in 10 Years
Rates increased most in minority children
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2013 6:48 AM CST

(Newser) – In just a decade, the percentage of children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder jumped by a big percentage itself: 24%, per a new study. It reviewed the health records of some 840,000 kids in California, and found that 2.5% received an ADHD diagnosis in 2001; by 2010, that rate was 3.1%, reports USA Today. Among white children, in whom rates are the highest, rates rose from 4.7% to 5.6%. But the highest increase was seen in minority children: Rates rose almost 70% in black children (and 90% for black girls) and 60% in Hispanic kids.

Overall, almost three-quarters of children diagnosed with ADHD live in families earning more than $50,000 a year, NBC News reports. "Higher rates of ADHD observed in affluent, white families likely represent an effort by these highly educated parents to seek help for their children who may not be fulfilling their expectations for schoolwork," notes the study. The lead author says the large jump could be due to parents, teachers, and doctors being more aware of ADHD, which is a positive for children who need treatment. Notably, this study relied on health records indicating ADHD, rather than parents' reports.

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Jan 22, 2013 10:54 AM CST
...and profits on pharmaceutical drugs treating "ADHD" way up too...
Jan 22, 2013 9:41 AM CST
I watched a Modern Marvels episode about polio and there was a reference to the fact that poor kids where less likely to get polio than middle class kids. The eggheads just figured that the poor kids were dirtier so they had stronger immune systems. The time frame of the polio is the same time frame that heavy duty pesticides were used in neighborhoods to spray for mosquitoes. Most of you recall seeing old footage of spraying trucks going around middle class neighborhoods and spraying while the children played and danced in it. I sometimes wonder if polio had help in its rampant outbreak. My point is that this is an important clue but are we willing to follow it back to it's true cause.
Jan 22, 2013 9:40 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD .... Yes, blacks and Hispanics suffer the most from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and sitting them next to whites in schools (as required by Brown vs Board of Education) doesn't make them any smarter. --- A black sitting next to a white in school, won't make the black student learn to read and write, and they're grade scores didn't improve under (Brown vs Board of Education) ..... don't separate them by race, separate them by ADHD and their intelligence. ------- REALLY