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The percentage of American children from 4 through 17 years of age who have ever been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increased 42 percent from 2003 to 2011, according to a newly released study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study indicated that more than 20 percent of 11- and 14-year-old American boys had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives, that boys were 125 percent more likely than girls to be diagnosed with the disorder, and that boys were 127 percent more likely than girls to be medicated for it.
The study also found that children in public health programs (Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program) were 53 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than children with private health insurance.
reply to post by KellyPrettyBear
It is not about money. It is the simple fact that more than half of marriages end in divorce today in the US and millions of children of all ages are traumatized at an early age. Many of those split marriages stay split and the mother raises the children alone. Frequently a grandparent has that role, again, usually a female. Male role models and authority figures (I'll get beat up on that point) are lacking and frequently fail to treat the kids decently even if they are present.
The bottom line is bitter, angry, unconnected kids acting out to get attention and to get back at the whole damned world that has put them in that situation. Boys find release in aggression and confront authority at every turn, starting in school if not at home as frequently females are targeted. Girls, the gentler sex, go to their natural side also, toward wanting love that the all too often they find in early sexual experiences and the resulting babies. Part of a self-perpetuating and growing problem.
Schools are not without blame today, they feed the young flames with applying less proper discipline into those young lives at a time when the children are failing to get what was normal social and cultural discipline in the home and family structure.
Certainly, the big pharms are eager to help, but they were not the cause and they are not the cure either.
I have seen a number of schools that will tell parents that there children need to be seen for this disorder.
The school will tell the parents that a doctor in town is the one to see to get the child checked.
That doctor is the last one you want to take your kid to.
Decreased Levels of dopamine have been recently linked to ADHD:
The link between MSG and ADHD now becomes even clearer - since glutamate in animal studies decreased dopamine.
In the December 2003 issue the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, it was reported that researchers found increased levels of glutamate in the brains of children who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In those same children, levels of Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), were decreased.