Congressman John Tierney today expressed serious concerns about new data released by the New York Times and compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing a dramatic increase in attention deficit and hyperactive disorder (A.D.H.D.) diagnosis. According to the Times, the report details that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.
"Today's New York Times report detailing the increasing number of children being diagnosed with A.D.H.D. is concerning and should spur congressional review. I plan to urge Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, Darrell Issa, to conduct a hearing on these serious issues so Congress can learn more about what's accounting for this increase and so our children and their families can be provided the best possible diagnosis guidelines and treatment options," said Congressman Tierney, who is a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.