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Underdiagnosis of ADHD begins early among minorities

Disorder among most common issues for children, teens

6:52 PM, Jun. 23, 2013
Pictured is Ritalin, a drug used for the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders.
Pictured is Ritalin, a drug used for the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders.
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Prior research has shown that black, Hispanic and other minority children are less likely than comparable white children to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but a new study shows that this disparity starts as early as kindergarten and continues through middle school.

Among those diagnosed with ADHD - the most common mental health condition among kids and teens - children who are ethnic or racial minorities are less likely to use prescription medication for the disorder, even when researchers account for such factors as health insurance coverage, ...

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