ADHD diagnoses are on the rise in the USA, according to government experts.
For those who work with children with ADHD, the news that it is diagnosed more is good news. The disorder needs to be recognized and treated. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, untreated ADHD in children can lead to serious problems with academics, social adjustments, and difficulty with parents.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also reports that untreated ADHD is linked to more self inflicted injuries and emergency room visits. Teens who have untreated ADHD engage in more risk taking behaviors, and have twice as many traffic crashes as those who receive treatment.
ADHD typically appears in children between 3 and 6 years. If parents believe their child has ADHD, they need to consult their pediatrician or family doctor.
“It’s helpful to engage with the different individuals who are involved in a child’s life when managing the disorder,” said Dr. Tiffany Farchione, a child psychiatrist at the FDA.