What is in this article?:
- ADHD diagnoses in kids on the rise, but help is available
- What about more holistic support for behavior, learning, and brain function?
- Avoiding pesticides, additives, and common problem foods
- Supplements, herbs, and homeopathy
ADHD diagnoses in kids jumped by 1 million between 2003 and 2007, according to a new government report. Medication can help symptoms—but so, too, may eating organic produce, addressing food sensitivities, avoiding artificial food dyes and preservatives, and supplementing with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, and calming with herbs and homeopathy.
According to a new government report, nearly one in ten U.S. children ages 4 to 17 has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Compiled from a 2007 federal survey of parents, the numbers represent a 22 percent leap (about 1 million more kids diagnosed) from a 2003 survey.
“Doctors and other health-care professionals have to be ready for the 1 million more children who will need to be managed,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist and lead researcher Susan Visser told news agencies.
By management, doctors often mean medication. Two-thirds of kids with a current ADHD diagnosis take a prescribed medicine to treat it. Today’s array of ADHD medications tend to be more effective than in the past; many children and teens find dramatic improvement taking them.