ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The CDC says more kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, especially here in the Midwest.

Since 1998, the CDC says the number of children ages 5 to 17 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has grown from 7.1 to 10.2 percent in the Midwest and South, but remained low out West.

The CDC’s Dr. Laura Ackelbombee says they’re seeing more of an increase in boys than girls about 12 percent in boys, six percent in girls.

She says it’s not clear what’s caused this increase, but it may be due to better detection.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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