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Old 04-03-13, 01:09 AM
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Re: NY Times: One in Five High School Age Boys diagnosed with ADHD

Here is the CDC questionnaire:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/slaits/...stionnaire.pdf

BTW, even the New York Daily News did a better job of sourcing the story, such as Dr. Xavier Castellanos.
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Re: NY Times: One in Five High School Age Boys diagnosed with ADHD

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Another reasonably good article on the CDC study.

http://healthland.time.com/2013/04/0...Top+Stories%29

While you are there, look at the comments. A couple are rather bizarre.

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Hi Diz!

have you ever seen an ADHD story where there weren't a couple of "rather bizarre" comments? :-)
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Hi Diz!

have you ever seen an ADHD story where there weren't a couple of "rather bizarre" comments? :-)
The one blaming ADHD on circumcision for rewiring the brain was, I thought, especially interesting.

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Re: NY Times: One in Five High School Age Boys diagnosed with ADHD

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The one blaming ADHD on circumcision for rewiring the brain was, I thought, especially interesting.
I only caught that one because of the reply "Oh? Then how do you explain *my* ADHD?" from a woman with ADHD.
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Re: NY Times: One in Five High School Age Boys diagnosed with ADHD

So, here's the ADHD question from PDF posted above:

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K2Q31_INTRO Now I am going to read you a list of conditions. For each condition, please tell me if a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that [S.C.] had the condition, even if [he/she] does not have the condition now.
INTERVIEWER INSTRUCTION: IF THE RESPONDENT HAS NEVER HEARD OF THE MEDICAL CONDITION OR DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE CONDITION IS, THEN A DOCTOR OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDER PROBABLY HAS NOT TOLD THE RESPONDENT THAT THE S.C. HAS THE CONDITION. IF A DOCTOR OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDER HAS NOT TOLD THE RESPONDENT THAT THE S.C. HAS THE CONDITION, BUT THE RESPONDENT INSISTS THAT THE S.C. HAS THE CONDITION, WE STILL NEED TO CODE THE ANSWER AS “NO.”
IF AGE_NSCH < 24 MONTHS SKIP TO K2Q40A.
(READ IF NECESSARY: Has a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that [S.C.] had…)
K2Q31A Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, that is, ADD or ADHD?
HELP SCREEN: A child with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder has problems paying attention or sitting still. It may cause the child to be easily distracted.
It does seem strange that it indicates that if someone hasn't heard of the condition, their child probably hasn't been diagnosed with it, and that even if the parent thinks the child has it, the answer is no unless a medical provider has diagnosed, yet also seems to indicate the symptoms should be described if parent is unfamiliar with it.

That said, while I can see that this survey technique is problematic, from the question, it doesn't seem obvious to me that the problems would lead to overreporting rather than underreporting. After all, a strict definition of 'told SC has" by the surveyor or parent may mean a no response where a child does have adhd and it has been suggested by a medical provider, but not in a very definitive way.

In addition, given the significant likelihood that ADHD *is* underreported in many communities based on prior studies I've seen, and that people from those communities surveyed may be bringing the numbers down...I find this hard to dismiss easily.
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Re: NY Times: One in Five High School Age Boys diagnosed with ADHD

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The one blaming ADHD on circumcision for rewiring the brain was, I thought, especially interesting.

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lol! You're right! Amazingly, that IS a new one!
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Re: NY Times: One in Five High School Age Boys diagnosed with ADHD

My favorite comment on the NYT story said: "In England, the treatment is family therapy." As if she was bragging and not complaining of the futility.
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Re: NY Times: One in Five High School Age Boys diagnosed with ADHD

To be fair, getting treatment in England is easier than in Eastern Europe or Asia. . .
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