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ADHD Diagnoses Rise 24 Percent in a Decade

A new study shows a surge in cases of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among children.  ADHD diagnoses rose 24 percent among the 842,000 children, ages 5 to 11, who were followed from 2001 to 2010 in the Kaiser Permanente study.

The biggest increases were found in black girls and hispanic and white boys, thought to be the result of increased awareness of ADHD.

Explaining the symptoms of ADHD to NBC Nightly News, Dr. Tanya Froehlich, developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s, says the signs can show up early, even in toddlers, but ADHD is usually not diagnosed until elementary school, since earlier in childhood it can be difficult to sort out when hyperactive and impulsive behaviors are developmentally appropriate and when they are truly atypical.”

“Kids have significant difficulty paying attention, following directions, being organized, being able to sit still and also to control their impulsivity. These difficulties are not just present, but they’re causing kids problems functioning in their environments.”

Dr. Froehlich says that 60 to 80 percent of ADHD is believed to be due to genetics, and she says it’s important for parents to know there are many things they can do to make their child’s life better.

Watch the story on NBC Nightly News.

Hear more from Dr. Froehlich in this in-depth interview.

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