RALPH TURCHIANO – New report finds 43 percent increase in ADHD diagnosis for US schoolchildren

Girls showed a sharp rise in ADHD diagnosis during eight-year study period

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

WASHINGTON, DC (December 8, 2015)–Twelve percent of U.S. children and teens had a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2011, a number that has jumped by 43 percent since 2003, according to a large national study based on parental reports of an ADHD diagnosis. This analysis suggests that 5.8 million U.S. children ages 5 to 17 now have this diagnosis, which can cause inattention and behavioral difficulties, says lead researcher Sean D. Cleary, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University.

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