Report: 1 in 5 high school boys have ADHD

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by Bethanni Williams

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 9:09 AM

(WHAS 11)--Some stunning new numbers are out about how many American children are being diagnosed with ADHD.

According to a new report, nearly one in five high school boys in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.

The New York Times analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and found that overall 11 percent of all school age children, about 6.4 million nationwide, have ADHD - marking a 53 percent rise over the past decade.

Two popular medications used to treat ADHD are also among the most highly misused - Ritalin and Adderall, and some doctor’s fear over diagnosis is contributing to the problem.

Doctors said every child should have an in-depth evaluation before being diagnosed with ADHD and it may be worthwhile to get a second opinion from a specialist.

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