ADHD Cases Increase

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 8:19 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 8:19 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - A report from the Center for Disease Control shows that nearly one in five high school boys in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD. That is a 53 percent rise over the past decade.

The CDC found that, overall 11 percent of all school-aged children, about six million nationwide, have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Many of those children are on medication and in turn, it is causing dependency on medications like Ritalin.

Many doctors have already come forward and said there needs to be more in-depth testing before these prescriptions are handed out.

"What we should be doing is being much more rigorous about what we do to diagnose and what we do to treat," Representative from the Cleveland Clinic said.

The medication is a life changer for those children who need it. Parents and teachers have seen a huge improvement in children's behavior and their ability to focus.

Doctors said parents should have an in-depth evaluation before their child is diagnosed. They said a second opinion from a specialist would be beneficial.