Certain things become trendy. Everyone’s wearing boxy jackets, and anyone cool is drinking Cosmos. Brooklyn itself has become a trend, hard as it is to imagine, and who doesn’t have an iPhone 5?
But in a trend much less desirable, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, seems to have become trendy, too. In just 9 years, from 2001 to 2010, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has jumped 24%. And certain groups caught the trend even more than others. Non-Hispanic black girls were leaders, with a 90% increase in the diagnosis of ADHD during the last decade. Black children overall showed a 70% increase, with Hispanic children demonstrating a 60% relative increase, and white children bringing up the rear, with ‘only’ a 30% relative increase.
Clearly hundreds of thousands more children didn’t suddenly start having trouble paying attention, being easily distracted, fidgeting and squirming, and demonstrating profound disorganization in work habits.
What do you think? Is this ADHD a fad, a worrisome reality, or a wastebasket diagnosis? Take our poll below: