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TOPIC: Meds or No Meds? How to Treat a Child with ADHD

Meds or No Meds? How to Treat a Child with ADHD 16 Aug 2013 14:45 #257

Meds or No Meds? How to Treat a Child with ADHD
Posted August 15, 2013 By Rachel Pomerance


New clothes and notebooks and talk about favorite friends and tough teachers have made their way into American homes amid the exuberance and anxiety of a new school year. But for the millions of parents whose children struggle with attention deficity hyperactivity disorder, the back-to-school swirl of activity is tinged with another worry: whether behavioral challenges will stand in the way of their child's ability to learn and succeed.

Just how many parents are grappling with these worries? Eleven percent of all children between ages 4 and 17, or 6.4 million American kids, have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to a New York Times report. Those numbers reflect a 41 percent jump in the last decade, with two-thirds of kids diagnosed being prescribed stimulant medications for treatment. The Times analyzed 2010 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which currently lists 2007 data on its website. The CDC will release an analysis of the latest statistics within two weeks, according to an agency spokesperson.

In the wake of that news came a study published in June that looked at increased use of stimulant medication to treat ADHD following expanded insurance coverage in Quebec, Canada. The study, conducted by researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research, found "evidence of increases in emotional problems among girls and reductions in educational attainment among boys."

Such reports have fueled increasing concern about the extent to which kids are diagnosed and medicated for ADHD, a condition parsed into three general categories: attention difficulties; hyperactivity and impulse control; and a combination of both behaviors.

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