A recent JAMA Network Open article indicates that as many as ten percent of American children may have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Although there were bigger increases in boys, African-American and non-Hispanic white children, and children from poor families and the Midwest, nearly all demographic groups showed notable increases compared to previous studies. There is no consensus about the cause(s) of the increases, which has been attributed to greater physician and parental awareness of ADHD symptoms by some and to overdiagnosis by others.
- Studies show an increase of children diagnosed with ADHD since 1997 to 2016.
- All groups of people diagnosed have had an increase from sex, race, family income and even location.
- It is possible the increase is due to more people being educated or biological or environmental factors.
“They found increases in total diagnoses across all groups, with significant prevalence differences by age, sex, race/ethnicity, family income, and geographic region as follows:”