A U.S. government survey claims that 1 in 10 U.S. children now has ADHD. This is a sizable increase from a few years earlier. ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) makes it hard for children to pay attention and control impulsive behavior.
About two-thirds of the children diagnosed with ADHD are on some form of prescription medication.
According to AP medical writer Mike Stobbe:
“In the latest survey, 9.5 percent said a doctor or health care provider had told them their child had ADHD … ADHD diagnosis is in many ways a matter of opinion.
There’s no blood test or brain-imaging exam for the condition. Sometimes reading disabilities or other problems in the classroom cause a teacher or others to mistakenly think a child has ADHD.”
Researchers suggested growing awareness and better screening may be responsible for the rising numbers, but there are a number of food additives that experts think may worsen ADHD as well. They include:–
•Blue #1 and #2 food coloring
•Red #3 and #40
•Yellow #5 and #6
•Sodium benzoate, a preservative
According to Health.com:
“Will eliminating dye-containing foods from a child’s diet help ADHD? Experts say there’s not enough evidence … Most studies of a possible link analyzed blends of additives, not single ingredients, making it difficult to find a culprit.”
- Theories about the Pathophysiology of ADHD (brighthub.com)
- CDC: 1 in 10 American Children Has ADHD (aolhealth.com)
- ADD & ADHD: Symptoms in Adolescents (brighthub.com)
- 1 in 10 kids in U.S. has ADHD, new study says (msnbc.msn.com)
- Beaumont Enterprise: Almost 1 in 10 children diagnosed with ADHD (beaumontenterprise.com)
- One million more children reported with ADHD in 2007 than 2003 (blogs.consumerreports.org)
- Survey: 1 In 10 Kids Has ADHD, Awareness Cited (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Is It Really ADHD? (webmd.com)
- Increases Greatest Among Teens, Hispanics (webmd.com)
- The Top ADHD Books for Children and Teens (brighthub.com)