ADD/ADHD (Type I, II, III)
ADHD is the #1 reason a child is medicated these days. Today, one in ten kids are being diagnosed with ADHD, with a greater prevalence in males. According to the CDC, 11% of children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD, with a consistent 3-5% increase each year. The main symptoms associated with ADHD are inability to pay attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. What is often left out is that the majority of kids with ADHD suffer from additional factors, such as: depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, OCD, Tourette’s, tics, and learning disabilities. Some actions that are typical of kids with ADHD are poor gross motor skills (balance, coordination, posture), difficulty making friends, picky eaters and saying inappropriate things. Medication is the primary treatment, unfortunately, there are many side effects with these medications and 50-60% of kids on the medication will continue to have symptoms after 3 years. Kids with ADHD are twice as likely to drop out of high school, at a 300% risk for substance abuse, 200% more likely to be obese, and 10x more likely to have difficulty making friends. On average a family will spend is $14,000 a year caring for a child ADHD.