Analysis Finds Increase in ADHD Diagnoses

A new analysis by The New York Times found that over the past decade, there’s been a more than 50 percent increase in doctors diagnosing children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

The analysis found nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all received an ADHD diagnosis.

And more young people could be given the diagnosis as the American Psychiatric Association plans to expand the definition of ADHD.

“I think there’s definite concern and alarm,” said Dr. Asma Sadiq, Director of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center. “This number is quite significant, particularly with high school boys, where the pressure to perform is really high.”

Dr. Asma Sadiq spoke to WNYC's Marc Garber Monday. Click the audio above for the full interview.