More kids getting diagnosed with ADHD at young ages

The number of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been rising steadily over the last two decades, prompting concerns about the potential of over-diagnosis.

Now, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one-third of children in the U.S. with ADHD were diagnosed before the age of 6.

Overall, the CDC says 9.5 percent of children in the U.S. between the ages of 3-17 have ever gotten a diagnosis of ADHD; that’s about 5.9 million kids.

For the study, the researchers interviewed almost 3,000 parents of children who’d been diagnosed with ADHD. They learned that the average age at which a child was first diagnosed was 7, but many children were diagnosed even earlier.

While the statistics may sound startling, experts say a number of factors are at play.

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