Saturday, September 03, 2005

In the Weeklies: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This week's Morbidity and Mortaility Weekly Report (MMWR) includes an article about the prevelance and treatment of ADHD:

Mental Health in the United States: Prevalence of Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder --- United States, 2003

From the report's Editorial Note:
This report provides the most recent national and state-specific estimates of the prevalence of children aged 4--17 years ever diagnosed with ADHD. The findings indicate considerable variability in ADHD diagnosis by state of residence and certain sociodemographic characteristics. Certain state variation in ADHD diagnosis might be attributed to underlying state differences in diagnostic practice, sociodemographic characteristics, or both.

This report is also the first to document national and state-specific prevalence of medication treatment for ADHD using national survey data. Although ADHD is considered a chronic condition, to what extent the "ever" diagnosed rate reflects current levels of clinical symptomatology is unclear. However, because children with ADHD often are not treated with medication, current medication treatment prevalence can serve as a minimum estimate of overall ADHD prevalence.

Anthony H. Risser | |

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