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Microblog: ADHD and Medication

Microblog: ADHD and Medication

Watch the clip here.

Watch the full interview here.

Often in a public school system, a teacher will diagnose a child with possible ADHD or ADD. The parents are instructed to take the child to a psychologist to confirm diagnosis.

📖CDC researchers found that half of children were diagnosed by a primary care physician (because the full 15 mins they spend with a child they can determine a diagnosis?)

🔻About 8 in 10 diagnoses from an adult other than a family member. (e.g., teacher)

🔻About three-quarters of children with ADHD were diagnosed before age 9 and one-third of those by age 6;

🔻A primary care physician (usually a pediatrician) first made the diagnosis for about half of the children;

🔻Children with ADHD first diagnosed by a psychiatrist were more likely to be under 6 years of age than older;

🔻Children with ADHD first diagnosed by a psychologist were more likely to be older than 6 years of age than under 6;

🔻Healthcare providers nearly always had a conversation with a parent about their child’s behavior;

🔻Healthcare providers used behavior rating scales or checklists to assess 9 in 10 children for ADHD; and
An adult outside of the family was usually involved in the diagnostic process.

❓Where is the child in any of this analysis? A 6 or 9 year old comprehends a lot.

❓Are there no other interventions than medications to subdue children?

💸In case you didn’t know, public schools get $400-1000 per child that is diagnosed with ADHD.

📚I highly recommend reading ADHD Nation by Alan Schwarz before medicating our children.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/features/how-us-children-diagnosed.html

📺 Full interview with @alimillerrd on YouTube https://youtu.be/BNGTm9FVLwM

🎙Full interview on podcast: https://nutritionwithjudy.buzzsprout.com/1848795/11500269-202-how-to-reduce-stress-and-anxiety-ali-miller-rd

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