There are 4 causes of the rise of ADHD in children. 20% of high school boys have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis in the US. Leading expert on holistic treatment of ADHD discusses Attention deficit disorder. Why ADHD diagnosis rises in children over last few decades?
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4 Causes of the Rise of ADHD in Children. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Why the Increase in ADHD? 20% of high school boys have ADHD diagnosis. Video interview with top expert in holistic treatment of ADHD. ADHD Without Drugs. Four causes of the Rise of ADHD in Children are the following. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Doctors miss diagnosis of ADHD. Many ADHD diagnoses are a mistake. Sleep apnea, mismatch between child and teacher, overload by schoolwork can be mistaken for ADHD. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What causes ADHD in toddlers? Four Causes of the Rise of ADHD in Children cannot be ignored by parents or doctors. Kindergarten now requires toddlers to learn more. Younger kids are immature and cannot work as hard. They are labeled as “ADHD kids”. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise because kids and adults live in worse environment and eat toxic food. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Environmental pollution increases risk for ADHD. Sometimes you make schoolwork twice as hard, number of kids with ADHD diagnosis will rise. Video interview with top expert in pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, ADD) and autism. Medical second opinion confirms that ADHD diagnosis is correct and complete. Medical second opinion also confirms that ADD treatment is required. Medical second opinion helps to choose the best treatment for autism and ADHD. Get medical second opinion on ADHD and autism spectrum disorder and be confident that your treatment is the best. What are the four causes of the Rise of ADHD in Children? Dr. Newmark explains. Causes of ADHD rise in children. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. In modern society there is an increase in conditions affecting the mind. It is depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder. Is ADHD also one of diseases linked to modern lifestyle, higher stress, deteriorating environment, and worsening food quality? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Yes, Attention deficit disorder is related to all those things. ADHD was probably always around in very small amounts. But the stressors of our society, poor nutrition, the environmental problems increased. They all increase the amount of children who seem to have ADHD. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Today there are four million kids in the United States who have a diagnosis of ADHD. You previously posted statistic that 11% percent of all school-age children have Attention deficit disorder. 20% percent of high school boys have a diagnosis of ADHD. Two-thirds of those are being treated with stimulant drugs. Dr. Newmark: Exactly! Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What explains such dramatic growth in the diagnosis of ADHD in children? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. There is four possible reasons for increase in diagnosis of Attention deficit disorder. One reason is that all these kids always had ADHD. We just missed them. Reason #2. We have widened the definition of ADHD to include more children. Reason #3. We are misdiagnosing a lot of children. Reason #4. There is more kids with ADHD. Those are the only ways we can increase diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s a combination of all four reasons. We can go into each one. So the first reason is this. Thirty or forty years ago the kids who had ADHD were just mislabeled. These kids we were mislabeling as “stupid”. They were mislabeled as having “behavior problems”, as “class clowns”. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. These kids would drop out and go do something else. It’s a good thing that we are identifying them now and being able to help them in some way. Second of all, we have widened the definition of Attention deficit disorder. It used to be that only the most hyperactive kids are diagnosed with ADHD. These were the kids who would come into an office and run around. They would jump up and down. They would tear your office apart. These children with ADD could barely sit still for a second. Now most of the kids diagnosed with ADHD will sit very quietly in your office. We have the inattention subtype. This means kids can’t focus but they’re not hyperactive. we have really widened the definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Third reason is this. And we can talk about this some more. We are misdiagnosing many kids with ADHD. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. How is that? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. For one thing, we don’t take the time to adequately evaluate these children. Many of these children are being diagnosed in a 15 or 20 minute visit with a pediatrician. Or even with a child psychiatrist. These kids are just given an ADHD medication. We are missing all kinds of other things that could be causing another disease. But that other disease just looks like ADHD symptoms. For example, anxiety, depression, not enough sleep. All those can cause a behavior that looks like ADHD but it is not ADD. It could be just a mismatch between the school and a child, or a teacher and a child. I said in many of my talks. There is a clinical trial that showed an interesting fact in the United States. If a child was born in August instead of September, this child is more than twice as likely to be treated with ADHD medications. This child is more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Why is that? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. September 1st is the cutoff for getting into school. if you were born in August you are one of the youngest kids in the class. But if you are born in September, you are one of the oldest children in a school class. just by being a little younger, kids are being diagnosed with ADHD. They don’t have ADHD, they’re just a little more immature. This is coupled with another fact. At least in the United States we are demanding more and more of kids who go to kindergarten. When I went to kindergarten, all you have to do is eat, sleep and play. Now you are expected to learn to read and write, and do math by the end of kindergarten. Many kids just aren’t ready for that, especially the younger children. we are just misdiagnosing a lot of mildly immature kids as having ADHD. This same clinical trial was repeated in Canada and in Iceland with similar results. This is the final reason for increase in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Are there more kids with ADHD? Yes, there are more children with ADHD. The environment, pesticides, other environmental pollutants, poor foods, and the stress of our environment is creating children who fall into the diagnosis of ADHD. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Because what is diagnosis of ADHD mean? It’s some combination of hyperactivity, inability to focus, and impulsivity. Being impulsive causes problems both at home and at school. It has an impact in both those places. You can make school, kindergarten or first grade twice as hard. Then there is going to be more kids , for whom you have created a problem. as we change the environment, more children are going to fulfill diagnostic criteria for ADHD category. Four causes of the rise of ADHD in children. Video interview with top expert in holistic treatment of ADHD. Misdiagnosis, increased pollution, harder schoolwork cause rise in ADHD.