Have you ever heard from your child's teacher that he/she is inattentive in class? Have you heard about kids being over-diagnosed and over-medication for ADHD when behavioral therapy would have done the trick? A new study shows proof the developmental disorder can be diagnoses at a young age-just remember it's not ALWAYS possible. What do you think about this?
Here's the link from CNN and here's some of the verbatim:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has broadened its guidelines for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, expanding the age range for diagnosis and treatment to ages 4 through 18.
While the previous guidelines, from 2000 and 2001, targeted children ages 6 to 12, the new report covers children from preschool to the end of high school. This is based on recent evidence that supports including preschool children and adolescents in ADHD diagnosis and treatment management.
"The primary care clinician should initiate an evaluation for ADHD for any child 4 though 18 years of age who presents with academic or behavioral problems and symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity," the report said.
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