By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a label we now give 8.7% of children between the ages of 8 and 15 years. Over 8 million, or 1 in 10, children now take stimulant medications like methylphenidate (Ritalin). From 1987 to 1996 the use of these medications increased 400%. Autism now affects 1 in 166 children and has increased 11-fold over the last decade. Learning disabilities affect between 5% and 10% of school-age children.
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