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Making sense of the rise in ADHD

from MedScape News

The New York Times recently reported that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is being diagnosed in "nearly 1 in 5 high school-age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children." The article's author commented that this is a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent increase over the past decade. The article then immediately jumps to the editorial concern that this represents over diagnosis and overmedication by physicians pressured by parents and influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. more


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