– ADHD is one of the most over-diagnosed disorders around the world. Many children that are diagnosed, especially the youngest in their class, may just actually be too young and not mature enough. The acronym ADHD is generally used to describe a range of behavioral problems like poor attention span, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulties to concentrate. According to a study of 400,000 4 to 7 years old children in Taiwan, the percentage of them diagnosed with ADHD was significantly related to their month of birth.

– Only 2.8% of boys born in September were diagnosed to have the condition compared to as much as 4.5% of boys that were born in August (the number for girls, rose from 0.7 to 1.2%). The authors of the study stated that many of the cases may depend on teachers comparing the behaviors of younger kids versus more mature kids, who may be up to a year older. Children’s relative age may play a decisive role in the probability of being diagnosed with ADHD. Some neuroscientists even believe that the disorder does not exist at all since most people will display, during their lifetime, some or even all the symptoms of ADHD.



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