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TOPIC: ADHD Hard to Diagnose and Treat

ADHD Hard to Diagnose and Treat 02 Oct 2013 23:38 #281

ADHD hard to diagnose and treat
Posted October 1, 2013 by Jeanine Stice

The Center of Disease Control estimates that 3 percent to 7 percent of children in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The rate varies significantly by state and community. Oregon’s rate hovers between 9.5 percent and 10.9 percent, higher than the national average but not as high as North Carolina, Louisiana and Alabama where the rate averages 14 percent to 15.9 percent.

In the Willamette Valley, Willamette Valley Community Health has the highest costs for ADHD medication in the state. ADHD is difficult to diagnose and treat. Medication is not a fix and has significant side effects and risk for addiction. Both children and adults with the disorder have difficulty planning ahead, paying attention and regulating impulsive behavior. In addition, those with the diagnosis frequently describe themselves as “hypersensitive” to sounds, sights, textures, tastes, other people’s comments and their emotions.


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