Although ADHD is a very real disorder, I am a firm believer in not actively assigning diagnoses for kids who are a little more wild and crazy. It makes sense that the younger children, “…in a class have lower academic achievement and lower graduation rates than older children.” This is no reason to, “…medicate young children based on these comparisons, especially since ADHD drugs, while relatively safe, do have side effects, including changes in sleep, appetite and growth.”
The youngest children in a class are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than older children in the same class, a new study finds, and in some cases may not deserve the diagnosis.
Researchers led by Richard Morrow, a health research analyst at the Therapeutics Initiative at University of British Columbia, looked at ADHD diagnosis rates depending on whether children were born right before or after the school enrollment cutoff date. In British Columbia, the cutoff date for kindergarten or first grade is Dec. 31, which means that kids born in December are the youngest in their class, while those born in January are the oldest.
The researchers found that children born in December were 39% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and 48% more likely to be receiving medication to treat it than children in the same class born in January. In the study, which included data…
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