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TOPIC: Alarming Number of American Kids Are Put on Meds

Alarming Number of American Kids Are Put on Meds 09 Aug 2013 15:46 #254

An Alarming Number of American Kids Are Put on Prescription Meds as ADHD Diagnoses Skyrocket

A recent study of children’s health issues shows that an estimated 6.4 million children in the United States, ages 4 through 17, have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to The New York Times, who compiled this ADHD data, 6.4 million represents a full 11% of American school children. That’s a 16% increase since 2007 and a whopping 41% increase over the last decade. The increase in ADHD diagnoses is unsettling, mainly because a vast majority of the children being diagnosed (two-thirds) are also taking prescription drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall, drugs that are known to lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.

According to the national survey, which covered a year in the life of U.S. kids, about 10% of parents had given their children dietary supplements for the treatment of ADHD within the past year, but nearly 83% of parents told researchers that they had given their children ADHD medication within the year. Some doctors and parents think the rise in ADHD diagnoses is a good thing, proving that the disorder is better recognized now. However, many think the increase is out of hand, and that kids may be getting dangerous medications simply so they can calm down a bit or do better in school. Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine tells The New York Times, “Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored. Mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy.”


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