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Bartlesville, OK: More kids with ADHD isn't a real increase; only 'epidemic of diagnosing it'

Sept 2, 2018, Bartlesville (OK) Examiner Enterprise: Number of children in US tops 10 percent “It’s probably not a true epidemic of ADHD,” said Hinshaw, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and a professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco. “It might be an epidemic of diagnosing it.” In interpreting their results, however, the study’s authors tied the higher numbers to better understanding of the condition by doctors and the public, new standards for diagnosis and an increase in access to health insurance through the ACA. [Affordable Care Act] Because of the ACA, “some low-income families have improved access to services and referrals,” said Bao, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

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