ADHD Symptoms: How Is ADHD Diagnosed And Which States Have The Highest Rates?

ADHD symptoms usually affect people throughout their lives and don't just magically disappear on their own. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has many stereotypes but with so many children and adults being diagnosed every year, learning about the disorder and its treatments has become important for many people. According to WebPro News, it's not easy to diagnose someone simply on one or two traits -- it's a multi-step process that needs to be completely fleshed out, because patients showcasing symptoms of ADHD could actually be suffering from anxiety, depression, or another kind of learning disability.

As WebPro News points out, certain symptoms are present at different ages:

"Symptoms can present themselves in the child by age 12 rather than age 6. Multiple symptoms now need to be present in more than one setting, rather than just some impairment in a single setting. New descriptions were added to show what symptoms would look like at older ages. And finally, for those ages 17 and over, only five symptoms need to be present rather than six."
ADHD symptoms include a persistent inability to focus that often affects how a person functions; someone who is easily distracted could be suffering from ADHD. Another symptom involves hyperactivity. A person who has been diagnosed with ADHD often has to keep moving. Whether that means tapping their foot or fidgeting in their seat, there is always some type of movement going on. It is not uncommon for a person with ADHD to interrupt a conversation or intrude. It's usually a culmination of these symptoms that actually leads to a diagnosis.

Interestingly enough, there are some states that have a higher rate of people diagnosed with ADHD. For instance, Louisiana, North Carolina, Alabama, and Delaware lead The States with a rate of 14 percent to 15.9 percent. The states with lower rates include much of the Southwest (From California to Texas).

Despite ADHD symptoms being prominent in many patients, there are some doctors who don't believe that the disorder even exists. As previously reported by TheInquisitr, one doctor in Chicago believes that ADHD is diagnosed by mistake -- but if the actual cause of the symptoms is treated properly, the problem can be fixed. Behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul says that "over-diagnosis" is a serious problem and medicating a patient for ADHD when they really have something else doesn't help anyone and could have an even more negative impact on the patient.

There has always been a lot of controversy surrounding ADHD -- that's nothing new. With new research being released, some people feel as though it's better to treat ADHD with lifestyle changes vs. with medication. However, everyone seems to have their own opinion on the disorder... what's yours?

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