A new study from Northwestern Medicine shows that the number of children leaving the doctor's office with an ADHD diagnosis has jumped 66% percent in ten years in the United States. According to the research,in 2010, 10.4 million children and teens under 18 were diagnosed with the disorder, versus 6.2 million in 2000.
The study author says ADHD is now a common diagnosis among children and teens. And he says increased awareness is helping doctors recognize symptoms and diagnose the disorder.
The number of children taking drugs such as Ritalin for ADHD has decreased since 2000.