CDC Reports That Half of U.S. Children Diagnosed with ADHD Received Diagnosis By Age 6
A new study published in JAACAP found that an estimated two million more children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12.
ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It often persists into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention and/or controlling impulsive behaviors. Effective treatments for ADHD include medication, mental health treatment, or a combination of the two. When children diagnosed with ADHD receive proper treatment, they have the best chance of thriving at home, doing well at school, and making and keeping friends.
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Talking to Kids About Natural Disasters
Any type of natural disaster is frightening to children and adults alike. It's important to explain the event in words children can understand.
For information on talking to children about natural disasters please visit the following sites:
Check out AACAP's Disaster Resources:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has dedicated web pages on the readiness, response, and recovery after various natural disasters:
If you would like to speak to an expert, please reach out to the co-chairs of AACAP's Disaster Committee:
Steven Berkowitz, M.D.
Allan K. Chrisman, M.D.
Mental Health Parity Finally a Reality
Statement on the Release of the Final Rule on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
AACAP applauds the Obama Administration for releasing a final rule on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
AACAP is carefully reviewing this rule to ensure that it complies with the legislationandrsquo;s intentions. As the rule is implemented AACAP will work to ensure that members have up-to-date information regarding its effects on patients and providers.
To view AACAP's comments on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Interim Final Rules click here.