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The Alarming Rise in the Epidemic ADHD

Update Date: Dec 10, 2015 08:55 AM EST
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There has been an alarming rise in the sufferers of ADHD that makes 12% of the school-aged kids, particularly two groups include Hispanics and girls. "[It's] like having the Library of Congress in your head, but with no card catalogue," says a sufferer of ADHD. According to Melissa Orlov, author of two books on this matter, writes in an article for Psychology Today calling this statement as hole in the myth that considers people with ADHD as lazy. "Think about how hard it would be to get organized-a Herculean task!" she writes.

There has been an increase in the number of US children that are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. A research conducted in 2011 showed that on an average, 12% of US kids between the ages of 5 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. "But what struck us the most were the increases among girls and Hispanic children," said senior researcher Sean Cleary, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. This is striking because most commonly ADHD was found diagnosed in the boys but Cleary's team suggested that this trend may be shifting, reports NWI Times

 "It's hard to know what's causing the increase, but it's possible it is greater awareness. People are recognizing that there are different types of symptoms in females so they may be more likely to be brought in and diagnosed than in the past," said Cleary. This is also a first of its kind study that looks at ADHD diagnoses across ethnic and racial lines. Whereas the previous studies have focused only on boys. This analysis shows that there has also been an equal rise of ADHD in black, Hispanic and children of other races, says Dallas News.

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