ADHD Cases Are Up

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM EDT

(ABC News) New research finds a sharp increase in drug treatment for
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that affects
millions of children, but it's more common in boys than girls.

Symptoms include:

-impulsive behavior
-difficulty focusing

Drugs are often prescribed, and a new study finds that's more true than ever.

Researchers looked at drug trends for infants, children and adolescents. They found that -- although pediatric prescriptions have been declining in number -- those for ADHD increased 46 percent from 2002 to 2010.

That's about 800,000 new prescriptions a year.

The Centers for Disease Control also saw a jump in the number of U.S. children reported to have ADHD. It went from 4.4 million to 5 million during the same time period.

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