Monday, April 1, 2013

1 in 5 High School Aged US Boys Have Diagnosis of ADHD

 

A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise by A. Schwartz and S. Cohen 2013, The New  York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/health/more-diagnoses-of-hyperactivity-causing-concern.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130401&_r=0

[excerpted] Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis....[end]

Majia here: I believe that rising diagnoses are both a function of changing diagnostic practices AND real increases in attentional deficits due to environmental contaminants.

Majia's Blog: ADHD Significantly Correlated with Pesticide Exposure

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May 18, 2010 – Previous research has established clear correlations between lead exposure and ADHD and pre-natal exposure to cigarette smoke and ADHD.

Majia's Blog: Canaries in Coal Mines

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Jan 22, 2013 – I believe that actual rates of diseases such as ADHD and autism are ... Majia's Blog: Chemical Warfare: Bees and Babies are the Canaries .

Majia's Blog: Might Ionizing Radiation Contribute to Autism?

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Mar 3, 2013 – I read a blog post on cesium and psychiatric disorders last night. ... Might ionizing radiation contribute to autism (and ADHD and schizophrenia) ...

 

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