ADHD Rates Reach New High (Again)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ADHD rates have reached (another) all time high, so says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). According to this study just published, 11% of all children in America have been diagnosed with ADHD. Perhaps even more interesting, or alarming depending on how one views the statistic, is that 1 in 5 high school boys have been diagnosed with ADHD. When I was in medical school, I was taught that a total of 1 in 5 people suffered from any form of mental disorder. The article did not mention whether this newly discovered 42% increase in ADHD diagnoses has affected the overall statistics regarding totoal number of Americans afflicted with mental illness, although logic suggests it would increase it.