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Indiana ADHD Diagnoses Second Highest In Nation

This week, we’ll examine what’s behind the rise in ADHD diagnoses and what medical treatments could mean for children as they grow into adulthood.

Ritalin ADHD Medication

Photo: ADHD Center (Flickr)

Ritalin is one of the commonly prescribed medications for treating ADHD.

Indiana ranks second in the nation for the number of 2-17 year olds who take medication for ADHD, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics.

Indiana falls just below Louisiana with 9 percent of children diagnosed with the disorder and taking medication, while 2.7 percent have been diagnosed but are not taking medication.

The CDC indicates the rates reflect a rise in ADHD diagnosis throughout the country.

This week, we’ll talk with physicians and ADHD support professionals to examine what’s behind the rise in diagnoses and what medical treatments could mean for children as they grow into adulthood.

 

You can join us for a live chat at WFIU.ORG/NoonEdition, follow us on Twitter at Noon Edition or call into the program at 812-855-0811.

Noon Edition airs Friday at 12 p.m.

Guests

Kathleen Hugo, Director of Special Education, Monroe County Community School Corporation

Dr. Richard Malone, Pediatrician, Southern Indiana Pediatrics

Dr. Thomas Lock, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

 

We will have two experts available to answer questions through the live chat and twitter:

Naomi Pickholtz, Clinical Psychologist, Southern Indiana Pediatrics

Esther Briggs, Pediatric nurse practitioner, Southern Indiana Pediatrics

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