Ky. has high rate of children diagnosed with ADHD

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a high rate of children in Kentucky have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/RhJPOx) reports the agency's figures show 19 percent of children between ages 4 and 17 had been diagnosed with the condition compared to 11 percent nationally. The figures are the latest available and are based on parent reports in a 2011 national survey.

Medical professionals aren't sure why Kentucky's rates are so high. Theories include high-risk factors, over-diagnosis and a greater awareness of the disorder.

The number of children being diagnosed with the condition is increasing. According to the CDC data, 8 percent of children nationally had been diagnosed in 2003 compared to 10 percent in Kentucky.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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