BOSTON -- Primary care physicians should begin evaluating children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at age 4 and continue through age 18, according to a new clinical guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
An accumulation of evidence in recent years has enabled diagnosis and management of ADHD in a broader pediatric population. Earlier versions of the guidelines covered children ages 6 to 12.
"There was enough evidence that we could feel comfortable about the criteria being appropriate for preschoolers and that the process for making the diagnosis was similar enough to what primary care physicians were doing with the elementary school-age children that it would be appropriate to recommend their diagnosing to four years of age," said Mark Wolraich, MD, of the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, and chair of the writing committee for the updated guideline.
This version is from MedScape. It's balance, actually puts what is central to the report up front, and doesn't use scare tactics like the Vancouver Sun article did. Go to MedScape, the The Sun and compare these two ways of reporting on the same bit of ADHD research. The differences will amaze you, and you'll see why it's become hard to trust even local newspapers when it comes to science reporting. It's hard to believe this is about the same topic!