Youngest Kids In Class At Higher Risk Of ADHD Diagnosis

Iceland, Canada, Israel, Sweden and Taiwan have studied ADHD and ADD in students, and research shows that the youngest students in each grade are 20% to 100% more likely to be diagnosed or medicated for the ailment than their older peers.

The newest study, conducted in Taiwan and published in the Journal of Pediatrics, put the percentage at 75%.

“Within that age range there is a huge difference in developmental and social and emotional maturity,” says Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital who was not involved in any of the studies. “A 6-year-old is just not the same as a 7-year-old.” That could lead to a mistaken diagnosis of ADHD.

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