Monday, January 21 2013, 05:41 PM MST
Increase In Children with ADHD
(KUTV) New research shows an increase in the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
12-year-old Krystin has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.
"In preschool it was like she was driven by a motor, she was all over the place, the teachers were saying she was unfocused in class, said Krystins mother Tanasa.
Kaiser-Permanente in Southern California looked at 850,000 children and found the number diagnosed with the disorder rose 24% between 2001 and 2010. The spike was most dramatic for African-American girls with a 90% increase.
Pediatrician Robert Moss says the findings dont mean more kids are getting the disorder. He believes Doctors are better at recognizing the symptoms especially in minorities.
"There's a large group of individuals that have issues with attention, with focus with organization that aren't necessarily hyperactive who are going missed for a number of years and we've begun to identify these individuals, said Pediatrician Dr. Robert Moss from the Childrens Center for Attention Problems.
Kids with ADHD need extra help to get things done and Krystin now keeps a to-do list hanging in her room which she says helps her stay organized.
Krystin also has a special timer that allows her to pace herself with school assignments. Once she sets it, there is no ticking noise to distract her instead, a red light comes on to show her when she needs to take a break.
Tanasa says her daughters diagnosis has changed their lives.
"When you know what your child is struggling through or what your child's challenges are, you're able to create a plan and support your child, said Tanasa.
Krystin now takes medication to help her focus and uses her extra energy bouncing on her trampoline.
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