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Minority children are less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, as it is called, is sometimes controversial with some people claiming that doctors are too quick to diagnose children with it.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC News) - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, as it is called, is sometimes controversial with some people claiming that doctors are too quick to diagnose children with it.

New research shows that we could actually be overlooking the disorder in minorities.

According to the centers for disease control, 5.2 million children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point.

Some critics believe that number shouldn't be so high, a study in the journal "Pediatrics" finds that minority children may not be getting enough attention.

Researchers looked at 17,000 students and found that compared to white children:

  • African-American children were 69 percent less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Hispanics were 50 percent less likely to be diagnosed.
  • Kids whose race was labeled "other" were 46 percent less likely to be classified ADHD.

The study doesn’t indicate that minorities are less likely to have ADHD, but less likely to be diagnosed.

The authors call for heightened awareness to make sure all kids who need treatment receive it.

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