Thousands Of Toddlers Diagnosed With ADHD

Statistics show young children are being diagnosed with ADHD.

New data from the Center for Disease Control shows that 10,000 toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

An age that's alarming for mother Cynthia Stubblefield, whose thirteen-year-old son has been taking medication for ADHD since he was 6; and she says medication was her last resort.

"I went to a psychiatrist and then a therapist, and then we made the call on getting him some medication," says Stubblefield.

Her son, Shamall Fleming, says the medication helps him focus in school.

"Every time I take the medicine I feel calmer and I'm okay and I'm not in people face's--I'm more focused on the things I'm trying to achieve" says Shamall.

For child psychologist John Parkhurst, the younger ages children are diagnosed is alarming but matches the trend.

"It's something we're seeing more and more of around the country, so it's a little disheartening but not surprising."

A pharmacist at Kubat Pharmacy, Jim Quinley, says the uptick is also due to an increase in generic ADHD medication brands.

"They make good money on these medications so it makes sense for them to really try to promote them and get as many patients as they can on them," says Quinley.

Stubblefield says her goal for Shamall is to gradually take him off medication.

"Being diagnosed with ADHD as a younger child, I'm now trying to find ways of helping him get off of the medicine and be more apt to help himself calm down," said Stubblefield.

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