3.5 million Elementary students are on stimulants today.
67% of children ages 4-17 in New York State alone are being medicated for diagnosis pertaining to ADHD. Some of the comorbidities associated in the data were defiance, anxiety and impulsivity, all which comes congruent with poor night’s sleep and potential sleep disorders.
In 2014 Western New York had 17,000 School age kids on a stimulant for ADHD.
Only 20% of these students displayed symptoms in front of their prescribing provider.
The other 80% are most often reported to the prescribing provider by teachers and parents.
Long term use of these medications can lead to abuse and addictions.
There are many overlapping symptoms of other conditions to check before using medications even if ADHD is present.
Poor and inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as ADHD and cognitive problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.
The rates of ADHD diagnosis are increasing steadily at 5% year after year, some thought to be more accepted, others contemplate the food sources such as red dye etc, and some see there is an ADHD epidemic in America that is growing at astonishing rates.