1 in 9 US Children Have Been Diagnosed With ADHD

(DailyDig.com) – According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects nearly one in every nine children in the US.

The study examined over 45 thousand interviews from the National Survey of Children’s Health in 2022.

The Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology published a report on May 23 that revealed nearly 11.4 percent (7.1 million) of children have received an ADHD diagnosis. The report noted that the numbers seem to be on the rise, with approximately one million more children 3 to 17 years old receiving diagnoses in 2022 compared to 2016.

The current statistics show that around 10.5 percent (6.5 million) of children now suffer from ADHD. This comes down to 93 percent of every child who has received that diagnosis, according to research. Results also show that, of the 6.5 million, 58 percent of the children have a severe or moderate case of ADHD, and 78 percent are diagnosed with one other ailment, at least.

Approximately 54 percent of ADHD patients are currently receiving medical prescriptions to combat the disorder. Forty-four percent of the patients received treatment for their behavior over the last year, according to the research. But the results also show that almost 30 percent (one of every three) of children have not received any treatment for ADHD, medication, or therapy.

The United States has seen more instances of ADHD than any other country, according to research.

The research stated in the publication of the study that awareness of ADHD symptoms has increased, thus the condition has been recognized in not only boys but in girls, as well as not just adolescents, but also in adults. Also, with this increase in awareness of ADHD, it is now known to be prevalent in most ethnic and racial groups. The gaps in making a proper diagnosis of ADHD have been narrowing significantly.

The disparity in race, education, public health insurance, and location in the US relates to a proper diagnosis as well as proper treatment, researchers said.

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