Thursday, April 20, 2006

New CDC Stats-Very Interesting

A new Center for Disease Control report shows some very interesting information about Attention Deficit Disorder. Here goes;

_ About 4.4 million kids have been diagnosed with ADHD. More than half of those kids (56 percent, or 2.5 million kids) were taking medication for ADHD when the survey was done.

_ ADHD was diagnosed more often in boys than in girls. For boys, ADHD diagnosis was more common in families living below the poverty level. ADHD diagnosis history was most common among 16-year-old boys, with about 15 percent having been diagnosed with ADHD.

_ ADHD was diagnosed less often in minority children and those without health insurance.

The number of kids with reported ADHD diagnosis varied greatly from state to state - from 5 percent in Colorado to 11 percent in Alabama. Medication practices also varied. California had the lowest percentage of kids taking medication for ADHD (more than 40 percent) and Nebraska had the highest percentage (almost 58 percent).

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