ADHD estimates rise: Continued increases in ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication among U.S. children

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Two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and one million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD over an eight year period (2003-2004 to 2011-2012), according to a new study led by CDC. According to CDC scientists, children are commonly being diagnosed at a young age. Half of children diagnosed with ADHD are diagnosed by six years of age. Children with more severe ADHD tend to be diagnosed earlier, about half of them by the age of four, based on reports by parents.

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