Thursday, November 28, 2013

ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication continues to increase among US children

ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication continues to increase among US children

...... One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. According to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • 6.4 million children in the U.S. (11 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to have received an ADHD diagnosis from a healthcare provider, a 42 percent increase from 2003-04 to 2011-12.
  • Over 3.5 million children in the U.S. (6 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to be taking medication for ADHD, a 28 percent increase from 2007-08 to 2011-12.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It often persists into adulthood. .....
Comments: It has been shown that there are those diagnosed with ADHD that have binocular vision problems like convergence insufficiency....and if you have binocular vision problems you often have issues with attention as well. Optometric vision therapy can help. I recommend a comprehensive eye and vision examination, a visual efficiency evaluation, an assessment of learning related vision problems (vision information processing) and when necessary special computerized testing such as the Visagraph (reading eye movement assessment) and the TOVA (Test of Variables Attention).
If your eye doctor is not trained to do this type of assessment and you live in the Chicago-land area see the good folks at Lyons Family Eye Care. Also for a doctor in your area go to http://www.covd.org or http://www.oepf.org.  For up to date information "LIKE" Vision Therapy at Lyons Family Eye Care !




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