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The Link Between August Birthdays and ADHD

A NEW STUDY RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT AGE, MATURITY AND OVERDIAGNOSIS.

The rate of diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among children has nearly doubled in the past two decades. Rates of ADHD diagnoses also vary considerably across states, with nearly three times as many children getting the diagnosis in Kentucky (where one in five children are said to have the condition) as in Nevada. More than 5% of all children in the United States now take an ADHD medication. These facts raise the question of whether the disease is being overdiagnosed.

Diagnosing ADHD is difficult. Unlike

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