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Diagnose ADHD when ordinary distraction is something more

4:50 PM, Mar. 18, 2013
The Quotient ADHD Test assess children for hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. The test also prevents young adults from faking ADHD to obtain medication.
The Quotient ADHD Test assess children for hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. The test also prevents young adults from faking ADHD to obtain medication.
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What parent hasn't had to call a child's name more than once to get his attention? Or wondered how she can still be "bouncing off the walls" at the end of a long, tiring day. Moments of intense activity or occasional inattention are typical kid behavior, but for some children the problem is extreme and impairing. How can parents tell if their child's energy or distraction is ordinary or something more?

In the past decade, the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rose 24 percent, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, the pediatric journal of ...

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