GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - According to studies conducted by the CDC, children between the ages of 4-17 are being diagnosed with ADHD at a historically high rate.
11% of all children in that age range are being diagnosed with ADHD, which is an increase of 16% since 2007 and over 50% in the last decade.
Two-thirds of the kids who are diagnosed recieve prescriptions for stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin, drugs which although can help deal with the symptoms of ADHD also lead to addiction.
Some people believe the increased diagnoses are a result of doctors oversimplifying their methods to determine if a child has ADHD and as a result may end up diagnosing ADHD when the child is simply overactive.
On the other hand, ADHD is a relatively new disorder that seemingly impacts a large portion of the population, so much so that the American Psychitric Association wishes to widen the definition of ADHD in hopes of allowing more people to be diagnosed and treated.
High ADHD rates also raise the question of causation, and popular belief is that sugar enhances or may even cause ADHD.
However, scientific studies have shown that sugar, although highly stimulating, is only a short-term stimulant and has no abnormal effects on people with ADHD.