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Monday, 5 September 2011

Rise of 175 pc of ADHD among kids in last 6 yrs

Rise of 175 pc of ADHD among kids in last 6 yrs: ASSOCHAM

New Delhi, Sep 4 : Prevalence of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 3-17 age group have gone up from 4 per cent to 11 per cent from the year 2005 to 2011, due to genetics, diet, social, physical and parental behaviour environments, according to an ASSOCHAM study.
ADHD makes it hard for kids to pay attention and control impulsive behaviour.
It's often treated with drugs, behavioural therapy, or both.

The study titled 'Rising numbers of ADHD kids in metropolitan cities' revealed that more boys are affected by ADHD than girls.

"The occurrence among boys increased to 11 per cent from six per cent, while among girls it rose to 5.5 per cent from 2 per cent over the six years," the industry body said.

While releasing the study, Dr B K Rao, Chairman, ASSOCHAM Health Council said about one-third of the children who have ADHD are on medication. The estimate comes from a survey that found an increase in ADHD of about 11 per cent from 2005 to the most recent survey in 2011.

Nearly, 46 per cent of doctor or health care provider found that children at the age of 4 are more prone to this disease, he said.

Dr Rao said every day, they receive 3 to 5 cases of ADHD.

"It is hard to believe that so many kids have been affected by ADHD. It is the most common behavioural disorder among children seen in the recent times. The children with ADHD are sure to have problems staying focused, and often suffer learning and behavioural problems as a result of a tendency to engage in hyperactive and/or impulsive behaviours," Dr Rao added.

The survey was conducted in 10 major cities of Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Lucknow and interacted with around 1,000 of school teachers and said in every single class, they have 1-3 children who are diagnosed be suffering from to ADHD.

Impulsive symptoms of ADHD are: -- restless feeling, often fidgeting with hands or feet, or they squirm.

-- run, climb, or leave a seat, when they are expected to sit quiet or remain silent.

-- blurting out answers before hearing the whole question.

-- have difficulty waiting in line or for their turn.

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