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This new study finds that a child's immaturity is being misdiagnosed as ADHD by many doctors, The Trumpet reports. The study was conducted by Taiwanese researchers involving about 400,000 students ages 4 to 17.
The research team found that the youngest kids in classrooms are twice more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD compared to the oldest kids in those classrooms. "The birthday cutoff for the Taiwanese school year is August 31. While only 2.8 percent of children born in September were diagnosed, 4.5 percent of August babies were diagnosed," the Trumpet explains.
Aside from poor attention span, restlessness and impulsivity, there are other indicators of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD symptoms include being disorganized; difficulties focusing and concentrating on tasks; poor listening skills; jumping from one topic to another during conversations; forgetful about daily activities and tasks; and being easily distracted by stimuli that are usually not noticed by other people, according to WebMD.
Other ADHD symptoms include being fidgety; moving around frequently even during inappropriate moments; difficulty performing calm and quiet activities; being talkative; starting conversations during inappropriate times; interrupting conversations; being impatience and difficulties waiting for their turn.
Looking at these ADHD symptoms, it is easy to see why many doctors are misdiagnosing children's immaturity for ADHD.