Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Two million children were diagnosed with and one million were put on medication for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in an eight year period starting 2003, this according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Children are commonly being diagnosed at a young age with half of them diagnosed by the age of six. Those with severe ADHD were diagnosed by the time they were four years old, based on reports by parents.
"Early treatment can be a tremendous help to children whose behavior, performance, and relationships are being negatively impacted by ADHD. Behavioral therapy should be the first treatment for preschool-aged children diagnosed with ADHD,” said Susan Visser, Epidemiologist at the CDC.
In 2011-2012, 11 percent of children were diagnosed with ADHD and 6.1 percent received medication for the condition. Nearly one in five high school boys and one in 11 high school girls in the United States were reported by their parents as having been diagnosed with ADHD by a healthcare provider.
ADHD is a common condition among children, where they have problem paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior. Effective treatments for ADHD include medication, mental health treatment, or a combination of the two.