N.M. child ADHD rates lower than nat'l average

Posted at: 05/20/2013 8:48 PM | Updated at: 05/20/2013 8:52 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A new study by the CDC found that Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder rates among children three to 17 are higher than recent years. The disorder now tops the list at number one for mental health issues of children under 18.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, about four million children have the disorder nationwide. That amounts to about 7 percent of children.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 found that trend does not carry over to New Mexico. Nevada and the Land of Enchantment have the lowest numbers of ADHD cases.

John Iacuone at Lovelace Health Plan said the lower than average rate could be due to the state’s ethnic composition. Since the disease is more common in white children the diverse population here keeps the incidences of ADHD low.  

The study also found that the disorder is common among boys. For more information on what to look for and treatment options, click here.

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