CDC: 11% of U.S. kids/15% of high school kids diagnosed with ADHD

Aug 9, 2017, Digital Journal: Watchdog Group Alerts Parents and Teachers About Gifted Children Being Mislabeled "ADHD" and Given Stimulant Drugs With children returning to school parents and teachers are being alerted to the high number of gifted children that could be falsely diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and drugged with psychostimulants that may harm their mental performance and creativity. As part of its “Fight for Kids” campaign, the mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) provides research and articles to teachers and parents to increase awareness of such pediatric misdiagnosis. Approximately 11 percent of all U.S. children aged 4-17 years are diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).[1] In high school children alone, the diagnosis has been made in 15 percent.[2] About 70 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed drugs, according to Richard Scheffler, professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California-Berkeley and co-author of the book The ADHD Explosion.[3] CCHR says the symptoms of this “disorder” are so subjective that gifted children are being put at risk of being labeled with ADHD and forced onto powerful stimulants that the Drug Enforcement Administration warns are more potent than cocaine.

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