ADHD Is On The Rise, Health Officials Say

ATLANTA (November 22, 2013) The number of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise, according to the latest survey, which says more than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, federal health officials said Friday.

ADHD has been increasing for at least 15 years.

Experts think that's because more doctors are looking for ADHD, and more parents know about it, but the new survey suggests the increase may be leveling off a little.

The numbers come from a 2011 survey of parents with children ages 4 to 17 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A 2007 survey found 9.5 percent of kids had been diagnosed with ADHD.

The condition makes it hard for kids to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors.

The CDC released the numbers Friday.

KWTX-TV News 10 6700 American Plaza Waco, Texas 76712 (254) 776-1330 Fax (254) 751-1088
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 233032551 -
Gray Television, Inc.