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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination of any of those symptoms. Here are some recent statistics and facts regarding ADHD.

  • The American Psychiatric Association states that about 5% of children in the United States have ADHD. However, other studies in the US have estimated higher rates in community samples. It has become the most commonly diagnosed disease among kids.
  • Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.
  • The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011.
  • Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 and an average of approximately 5% per year from 2003 to 2011.
  • Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier.
  • 3 million are medicated each year for ADHD.

There are numerous side effects to the medications, such as Ritalin, that are used for ADHD. Unwanted responses to the medications include a lack of appetite, inability to sleep, and in some cases, depression. One study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2007 that said “[a]fter three years on Ritalin, children were about an inch shorter and 4.4 pounds lighter than their peers.” Unfortunately, the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD is increasing while the treatment options are less than ideal.
A new study published in the Lancet, focuses on the diet and digestive component of attention concerns in children. The study’s lead author, Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands, said this to NPR:
“Food is the main cause of ADHD.” The study found that in 64 percent of children with ADHD, the symptoms were caused by food. “It’s a hypersensitivity reaction to food.”

At Synapse: Center for Health and Healing, we have been treating children both neurologically and nutritionally for the past 15 years. Over the years, we have seen the number of families dealing with these concerns and the answers they are given other places drastically more concerning. Our program, Synapse Kids, focuses on both the cause and treatment by having each child undergo an extensive brain pattern assessment and nutritional assessment. An individual treatment plan is then provided focusing on comprehensive care to the child.

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