Children Misdiagnosed With ADHD

Study Finds Nearly One Million Children in U.S. Potentially Misdiagnosed With ADHD

Nearly 1 million children in the United States are potentially misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder simply because they are the youngest — and most immature — in their kindergarten class, according to new research by a Michigan State University economist.

Many ADHD diagnoses may be driven by teachers’ perceptions of poor behavior among the youngest children in a kindergarten classroom. But these ‘symptoms’ may merely reflect emotional or intellectual immaturity among the youngest students.

[Michigan State University. “Nearly One Million Children in U.S. Potentially Misdiagnosed With ADHD, Study Finds.” ScienceDaily 17 August 2010. 19 August 2010 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100817103342.htm?sms_ss=reddit]

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