Black, Asian, Hispanic Children and ADHD Diagnoses

Black, Asian, Hispanic Children and ADHD Diagnoses

Getty Images Researchers say Black, Hispanic, and Asian children are less likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis and treatment for the condition. Having a child receive an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis can be a double-edged sword. The research , published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that of the 238,011 children participants, those who identified as Asian, Black, and Hispanic were “significantly” less likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis compared with white children, Black, Asian, and Hispanic children were also less likely to receive treatment for ADHD. That’s why clinical guidelines suggest preschool-aged children with an ADHD diagnosis receive behavioral therapy as a first-line treatment, and then medication starting in elementary school. To him, fewer children receiving an ADHD diagnosis might be a good thing, considering what other facts the study laid out.

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