CDC finds increase in childhood ADHD cases

08/18/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Almost 4.7 million, or 9%, of children in the U.S. were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the 2007 to 2009 period -- an increase from about 3.6 million, or 6.9%, in the 1998 to 2000 period, according to the CDC. The number of ADHD cases for low-income and mid-income families increased about 40% and 50%, respectively, during the period. Lead researcher Dr. Lara Akinbami said the findings may be attributed to better health care access and more awareness of the condition, adding "it's unlikely that most of this is due to a new epidemic of ADHD."

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