Almost One Million Kids Affected
A new study suggests that approximately one million children may be misdiagnosed with ADHD when they may just be intellectually and emotionally immature compared to their peers. Twelve thousand children were studied and it was found that “the youngest kindergartners were 60 percent more like to be misdiagnosed with ADHD than the oldest children in the same grade.” Spending on prescriptions could be costing 320 to 500 million dollars annually and 80 to 90 percent of it paid for by Medicaid. Ritalin is most commonly prescribed, but the long term health effects which are not known. Elder, lead author of the study believes that teachers perceive poor behavior by the youngest kids in a class as ADHD which lead doctors to diagnose them with the condition.