Australian study relates birth date to ADHD diagnosis

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The youngest children in class are more likely than their older classmates to receive medication for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a study has found.

This study has been compiled by researchers at Curtin University in WA and has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia. The results of the WA study, has again raised concerns children are being misdiagnosed with the psychiatric disorder and medicated for what could simply be age-related immaturity.

As a new school year begins, the study has also added to the debate about the best age for a child to start school.  Read the full story

Sarah Cameron