Martha Jefferson HealthWise - September 20

September 20, 2006

September 20th is National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Awareness Day, honoring Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report estimating that 1.6 million elementary school children in America have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Dr. Vito Perriello explained that this is not such a startling statistic. Between 3% and 10% of school-aged children have some form of ADD or ADHD. Doctors learned that not all forms of ADD include the stereotypical symptoms of hyperactivity however, which makes it sometimes hard to diagnose.

At the same time, children are often misdiagnosed and over-medicated. The interesting thing about ADD and ADHD is that it affects a child in more ways than only in the classroom.

To find out more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, click the video link to view this week's segment.

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