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People: >11% of kids have ADHD dx due to 'generally increasing awareness'

May 23, 2024, People: Rise in ADHD Diagnoses May Be Due to 'Poor Mental Health', New Study Finds
More than 11% of children in the US have received an ADHD diagnosis in 2022, according to a new study

Researchers have found a noticeable increase in children being diagnosed with ADHD, according to a new study.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology on May 22 and helmed by Melissa Danielson, a statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that 1 in 9 children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old in the United States were diagnosed with ADHD in 2022. . . .

Researchers called the higher rate of diagnoses an “expanding public health concern.”

In 2018, there was a 10.2% increase in ADHD diagnoses in the US between 2015-2016, data collected by the National Health Interview Survey suggests. According to their research, “In 2022, 11.4% of U.S. children aged 3–17 years” were diagnosed with ADHD, which translates to roughly 1 in 9 children. . . .

Researchers concluded through the study that the main reasons for the uptick in diagnoses could be due to a “generally increasing awareness of and pursuit of care for ADHD, and/or could be a reflection of poor mental health among children during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

The public awareness of ADHD has transformed with “potentially reduced stigma” for seeking mental health care to treat the disorder. The study further suggested that if more children are screened, it could be beneficial. . . . 


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