ADHD Diagnosis Trends

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Date: Sept. 2, 2015
Publisher: The New York Times Company
Document Type: Video file
Duration: 00:00:02
Length: 181 words
Content Level: (Level 4)

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New National Health Statistics Report on ADHD Diagnosis
The New York Times Company

More than 6 million children in the US have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the numbers have been increasing steadily since 1997. As a first step towards understanding this trend, the CDC and National Center for Health Statistics studied the diagnostic experiences of parents and children with ADHD. Using data from nearly 3,000 interviews. While the median age of diagnosis was 7 years old, about a third of the children were diagnosed before age 6. The majority of young patients were first evaluated by a primary care physician, though many saw specialists, including psychiatrists and psychologists. Neuropsychological testing. Medical exams. And behavior rating scales were frequently used. Initial concern about a child's behavior most often came from a family member. Followed by someone from daycare or school. The authors of the report write that these findings will help ensure that best practices are used in evaluation and diagnosis of the disorder. I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV. With the news that doctors are reading. Health news for healthier living.

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