If you’ve been an adult for awhile, it’s likely that you could tell me a story about how you never heard of ADHD when you were growing up, and now you might be diagnosed with ADHD yourself, or have a child with ADHD, or at least know or know of several people within your circle of influence. Maybe more than several, some of whom are taking medication.
The chart on the right doesn’t show the number of children with ADHD, it shows the number of children who are taking prescription medications to treat ADHD. We’re looking at a 1,600 percent increase over the past 30 years!
Because of its epic rise, ADHD may be one of the most well known acronyms for a health condition. There are a lot of guesses as it why this is happening. Here are what I consider the four main causes:
- We are better able to recognize and diagnose children who have ADHD.
- An expansion of the definition of ADHD has caused more children to fall within the diagnostic description.
- There really are more children with true ADHD, brains that are wired differently.
- We are over-diagnosing ADHD – labeling children with ADHD who do not really have the disorder.
Why do you think ADHD is on the rise?