The results of the Northwestern study found that in 2010, 10.4 million children and teens under the age of 18 were diagnosed with ADHD when visiting their doctor’s office – a dramatic increase since 2000.
Birmingham, MI (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
Birmingham Maple Clinic, the premier mental health treatment providers in Michigan, recently reported on the results of a recent Northwestern University study which found that childhood ADHD diagnosis’ have increased by 65% between 2000 and 2010. As reported in the Birmingham Maple Clinic blog, the study (to be published in the March/April issue of the American Pediatrics journal) occurred from 2000 to 2010, and followed children under the age of 18 who had been diagnosed with ADHD by their family doctor. The results of the Northwestern study found that in 2010, 10.4 million children and teens under the age of 18 were diagnosed with ADHD when visiting their doctor’s office – a dramatic increase since 2000.
The mental health treatment clinic in Birmingham reported that this is a substantial increase from the numbers reported at the beginning of the study, which found that only 6.2 million children were diagnosed in 2000. According to Craig Garfield, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern, “ADHD is now a common diagnosis among children and teens. The magnitude and the speed of this shift in one decade is likely due to an increased awareness of ADHD, which may have caused more physicians to recognize symptoms and diagnose the disorder.” Indeed, as reported in the Birmingham Maple Clinic blog, as the general public and the medical community continues to learn more about ADHD and awareness about the disorder increases in the community, there will likely continue to be an increase in reported diagnosis’ of the disorder.
Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan since for over 30 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit http://www.birminghammaple.com.