Despite increased awareness of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the past few decades a new study finds that about half of US children are still not diagnosed. There has been concern among some experts that the rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has been increasing among children in the United States. But until now, there has not been a standardized national study to establish the true rate of ADHD among American children. To answer this question researchers assessed ADHD symptoms in more than 3,000 US kids aged 8 to 15 years old. They found nearly 9 per cent met the criteria for ADHD, which translates to roughly 2.4 million children nationwide with the disorder. But just over half of these kids had never been properly diagnosed. Other experts have also noted that some children can be to quickly diagnose with ADHD, so any evaluation should be done carefully using a team approach for the diagnoses. Boys were more likely to be correctly diagnosed than girls, so the authors suggest that doctors need to be more aware of ADHD symptoms in young women.
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