Latest News on ADHD
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may seem like a trendy diagnosis -- the psychiatric condition is thought to affect about 4 million kids nationwide -- but the truth is that ADHD may be both overdiagnosed and underdiagnosed. "Lots of high-energy, rambunctious kids don't have ADHD," says Parents advisor David Fassler, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, in Burlington. "However, many kids with ADHD don't get diagnosed, particularly if their symptoms don't include the constant physical activity often associated with the disorder." Of course, all kids are hyper or distracted sometimes, but experts say that a child who truly has ADHD will have symptoms in a variety of situations (at home, at school, and with friends) for at least six continuous months starting before age 7. Update yourself on the latest info, based on recent landmark research, about potential causes, the best treatments, and other discoveries about ADHD.