Shreveport, La. - Parents listen up! Louisiana has the highest increase in children being diagnosed with ADHD in the nation. That's according to a study by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
I asked the new Chairman of Psychiatry at LSU Health his opinion on the increase. James Patterson, M.D, PhD says the numbers have been going up over the last few decades.
He encourages parents to seek the advice of a psychiatrist who is more familiar with side effects caused by ADHD medication like insomnia "Because sleeping is makes you not be able to focus. If you don't know what you're doing with these medicines and don't use the right approach you can just keep increasing the dose because you don't think it's working and that makes sleep worse and the ADHD doesn't get better."
Doctor Patterson also says a Texas report shows a correlation between medicaid patients and a high number of ADHD diagnosis.