The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new study, Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder among Children with Special Health Care Needs, describing parent-reported treatment of ADHD among children with special health care needs, and how this reported treatment aligns with the current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines. This is the first nationally-representative US study on ADHD treatment that considers medication, behavioral therapy, and dietary supplements.
Some of the main findings show that:
- Of the 9 out of 10 children with ADHD who were treated with medication and/or behavioral therapy, both of which are recommended ADHD treatments:
- about 4 in 10 (43%) were treated with medication -- the most common single ADHD treatment,
- about 1 in 10 (13%) received behavioral therapy alone, and
- about 3 in 10 (31%) were treated with combination therapy (medication and behavioral therapy).
- About 1 in 10 children with ADHD were receiving neither medication treatment nor behavioral therapy.
- About 1 in 10 were taking dietary supplements for ADHD, which are not currently recommended for the treatment of ADHD.
To read the abstract of the study, click here.