ADHD on the Rise: Real, or Just Really Good Business?

Added by Heather Pilkinton on November 24, 2013. Saved under Health, Heather Pilkinton Tags: ADHD

ADHD, business

ADHD, once a disorder affecting less than 5% of children, has had a skyrocketing rate of diagnosis over the last decade. This has led some to speculate whether this is due to more accurate detection methods, more rigid learning environments focusing solely on the test, or, considering spending on medication for the disorder can run upward of $260 billion a year, just really good for business.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a substantial rise in the number of children, especially high school students, smacked with ADHD label. Nearly 11 percent of kids, with boys getting diagnosed more often than girls (1 out of 11 girls vs. 1 out of 5 boys), are now diagnosed with this…

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