Diagnosis of ADHD in children and adolescents increased to 10.2% in 2016.
The diagnosis of ADHD increased from 6.1% in 1997-1998 to 10.2% in 2015-2016 across age, gender, race/ethnicity, income and geography, but is notably twice as high in girls and Hispanic children and has more than doubled for Black children, according to a study just published in the JAMA Network Open. (George, Cindy. September 7, 2018. ADHD on the rise in the U.S. Texas Medical Center News.)
Several Texas Medical Center experts said the analysis confirmed the trends they have observed over the last two decades. “Many parents recognize that they have it, so they are willing to let their kids be diagnosed.” according to Memorial Hermann Health System child psychiatrist Carlos Guerra, M.D.