Nearly one in 10 school children across the U.S. has been diagnosed with ADHD. Here in the Heartland those numbers may even be a little higher. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri all toward the top of the list with some of the highest percentages of children aged 4 to 17 currently diagnosed with ADHD.
A Georgia physician made headlines recently when he said he routinely prescribes ADHD medication for kids from low-income families struggling in school. Which begs the question, are we failing to modify the source of the problem and instead modifying kids with drugs? Sometimes ADHD medication is the right thing to prescribe, but sometimes it may mask an underlying problem such as a reading disorder, learning problem, or terrible school or home environment.
There's no easy solution, but these CDC statistic should be a wake-up call that we may be failing our children.
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