ADHD is On the Rise… But why?
According to the CDC (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention), the number of children diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD is now higher than ever and will continue to climb in the foreseeable future.
A shocking news story has covered that ADHD is becoming ever more prevalent here in the US, with numbers suggesting that up to 11% of all American children being diagnosed with it.
Over the last 10 years, it’s been found that its prevalence has gone up by 42%, almost doubling in number.
It’s quite alarming. The numbers ran showed evidence that over 6 million American children are suffering from ADHD’s many symptoms – 2 more million that what it used to be in 2007.
Additionally, there has been a rise of the use of ADHD medication in the US, which has been up by 28% to an even alarming 3.5 million being treated since 2007.
Why is this alarming? Well, what’s alarming is basically since the current forms of ADHD medication being prescribed might not be all-too-good for the body – let alone the bodies of young children.
With continuous usage, ADHD medication like Adderall offer a variety of adverse side effects ranging from simple headaches to severe heart palpitations.
However, Dr. John Walkup from the Weill Cornell Medical College adolescent psychiatry division tells us that the data collected shows us some good news.
Apparently, although the numbers are so high, the ratio of diagnosis to prevalence has been getting better and better with each passing year.
In line with treatment, if the prevalence rates are 9-11% of all children, and 8% of them are being currently diagnosed, our movements for making the public aware towards ADHD is really paying off.
Dr. John Walkup, Adolescent Psychiatry,
Weill Cornell Medical College
Despite the numbers being so high, doctors are optimistic due to the fact that around 70% of those being diagnosed with ADHD are currently being treated.
Additionally, neuroscience has opened a new door of possibilities with the growing popularity of nootropic supplements, which show potential in the treatment of ADHD and similar brain disorders, whilst offering little to no side effects.
There is still much to be researched, but it seems like the future might be bright for our kids.