The increasing numbers of students and teenagers diagnosed with ADHD is sounding the alarm bell. According to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.As a teacher, have you ever asked yourself how much you know about this 'epidemic'? What are its symptoms and the myths around it ? The graphic below has all the answers you need. Have a look and share with your colleagues.
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