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A new ADHD study looked at about 407,000 US children who were born between 2007 and 2009. Here is why the month of August could be playing a role in our children’s future.
Children born in August are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
In fact, CNN reports that “The rate for ADHD diagnoses was 34 percent higher for those with August birthdays compared to those with September birthdays.”
However, what’s even more interesting is that this increase in ADHD diagnoses only applied to states where children must turn 5 years old by September 1st in order to start kindergarten that same year.
So why is this happening?
Well, Timothy Layton, an assistant professor of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School (and the lead author on the study) says, "Our findings suggest the possibility that large numbers of kids are being over-diagnosed and over-treated for ADHD because they happen to be relatively immature compared to their older classmates in the early years of elementary school."
Layton and his team hope this research will help physicians correctly diagnosis today’s children.
Make sure you watch our original series Navigating the Ambiguity of ADHD with the ADHD expert himself, Dr. Sportelli. I’m Kyle Kittleson and remember, whatever you’re going through, you got this.
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