OU professor publishes ADHD study
ADHD in Oklahoma
Out of the Oklahoma children screened for the study:
10.6 percent were diagnosed with ADHD
7.4 percent were being medically treated
28.3 percent of those medicated met the case definition for ADHD
Source: Journal of Attention Disorders
An OU professor published the results of one of the largest community-based studies of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the country last month to provide better insights into the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder.
The eight-year study screened more than 10,000 children aged 5 to 13 in two diverse communities in Oklahoma and South Carolina, said Theresa Green, media specialist for University Hospitals Authority & Trust at the OU Health Sciences Center.
The team found that more than 10 percent of children in Oklahoma have the disorder, Green said in an email.
The study also showed that some children who meet diagnosis criteria are not receiving treatment for the disorder, according to a press release. The team also found that more than half of the children being medically treated do not fit the case definition of the disorder.
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder shown by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, said Mark Wolraich, director of the OU child study center and lead author of this study.
Medications such as Ritalin and Adderall and behavioral therapy through parent training commonly are used to treat children with ADHD, Wolraich said in an email. Children with the disorder who don’t receive adequate treatment have a much higher risk of academic failure, trouble with legal authorities and motor vehicle violations and accidents.
Green said there is hope that the results will point to better diagnosis and treatment for children with ADHD.
The results of the study can be found online in the Journal of Attention Disorders.