Study Finds Youngest in the Class Often Diagnosed with ADHD

A disproportionate number of students who are the youngest in their class are diagnosed with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, a new Canadian study finds.

The cut-off date to enter school in Canada is December 31, so those children born in December are some of the youngest in their grade. The study, which looked at children ages 6 to 12, found that boys who were born in December were 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than boys born in January. The percentage of girls was even higher, with 70 percent of girls born in December being diagnosed.

The study’s authors concluded that these numbers indicated an age effect when diagnosing and treating students with ADHD. The authors warned that this could also mean that doctors are potentially overprescribing and misdiagnosing when it comes to ADHD.

As Canada.com points out, some drugs used to treat ADHD can cause problems with sleep and appetite, and also result in an irritable and anxious child.

For parents who are struggling with whether or not to place a diagnosed child on medication, check out the blog of Dr. Kenny Handelman, a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He offers interesting advice on alternative treatment for ADHD children and adults.

Symptoms of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please feel free to stop by one of our clinics for diagnosis and treatment options. At Doctor’s Immediate Care, we are committed to our patients and their wellbeing.

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