ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise

    Sheree Fitzgerald is shown at her Macungie, Pa., home with her six-year-old son, Eddie, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007. Fitzgerald enrolled Eddie in a study called Project Achieve when he was 3, and his parents and daycare/preschool teachers were taught strategies to control his problem behaviors. New research shows giving more structure to a preschooler's day can offer a non-drug alternative to help the tiniest sufferers of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (AP Photo/George Widman)

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    Kids these days are more hyperactive than ever! Or at least they’re being diagnosed as such at an increasing rate. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in five high school boys in the U.S., and 11 percent of all school-age kids, have been  diagnosed with ADHD. The number of children diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. has increased 16 percent since 2007 and 53 percent over the past 10 years. About two thirds of those kids are prescribed stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin. The astronomical rise in pescriptions has some worries some doctors, who tell the Times that the medications are being used as study aids and sold to friends.

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