Recommended Reading: Louisiana Has Highest Rate of ADHD

“Louisiana's children are experiencing a shocking impact from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a new study of medical claims by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

ADHD is a disorder that limits a person's ability to focus, hold attention or control impulsive behavior.

The report shows that Louisiana has the highest ADHD diagnosis rate in the nation among children ages 2-11 at 11%. The report, which covers 2010 to 2017, shows Louisiana also had the highest variation from the national average at 4.6, and the top two metropolitan areas (MSAs) for diagnosis rate, with Baton Rouge at 11.6 and New Orleans at 10.5 diagnoses per 100 members, respectively.

"As the medical community is understanding more about ADHD, it's leading to more young people being diagnosed with this condition," said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vindell Washington.

"This gives us an opportunity to connect children with targeted interventions and services while they're still in elementary school, so they will be able to better manage their symptoms and be less affected by ADHD as they go through adolescence into adulthood," Washington said.”

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