Steep Increase in ADHD Diagnoses

stressed-out-primary-girl-child-holding-her-head-100155111The Journal of American Medical Association published recent findings from the National Survey of Children’s Health.  When the data was compared between 2003 and 2011, a significant increase in diagnosis of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and medication use among children and teenagers were reported.  Some potential reasons include – physicians are more comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment and there is an increased awareness of this condition.  How often do you talk to parents of these patients about potential alternatives for their ADHD medications?

For additional information please see JAMA.

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