The findings are troubling, but more troubling is the fact that an important causal factor seems to be overlooked, or perhaps intentionally muted.
See the whole document here.
Especially see what is found on page 9 of the study in the Discussion below. It is amazing to witness the blind spot of those who are supposed to care about protecting the public health.
(why are levels rising?)
Other factors, such as increased confidence to treat ADHD among clinicians and
increased exposure to etiologic factors (e.g., environmental contaminants) may also play a role. The magnitude of increases documented within these cross-sectional data warrant future efforts to more fully understand the factors affecting ADHD diagnosis. (these contaminants are not named)
The epidemiological profile for ADHD diagnosis and treatment continues to evolve. Based on parent-reported indicators of health care provider–diagnosed ADHD diagnosis and treatment,more than 1 in 10 school-aged children (11%) had received an ADHD diagnosis by a health care provider by 2011, representing more than 6.4 million children nationally. Nearly 1 in 5nhigh school boys and 1 in 11 high school girls had been diagnosed with ADHD. Of those with a history of ADHD, 83% had current ADHD inn2011 (8.8% nationwide), and 69% of these children and adolescents (6.1% nationwide) were taking medication for ADHD. These estimates are all significantly higher than comparable 2007 estimates...
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRYVOLUME - NUMBER- -2013 www.jaacap.org PAGE 9, Discussion
The findings in this report are subject to several limitations. First, as noted earlier, the ADHD indicators used here did not assess ADHD symptoms but, rather, relied on parent report of diagnosis by a health care provider, which may introduce recall bias. The parent reported indicators have not been clinically validated; however, a recent analysis indicated that parent-reported survey data produced similar estimates as those from insurance claims data, providing evidence of convergent validity for parent-reported ADHD diagnosis by a health care provider.33 Second, the cell phone sample inclusion could have affected the 2011 estimates; analyses of restricted-use data suggest that children living in cell phone–only households in 2011 were more likely to have current ADHD. than children living in landline phone households (10.0% vs. 8.4%); therefore, non-coverage of cell phone–only households in 2007 may have underestimated prevalence.
Hellooo? Anybody there? Note the potential cell phone exposure connection? Why not see it? Why not say it? Do we not WANT to end this horrible epidemic?