A new nationwide study has found a link between a child’s birthday and their chances of being diagnosed with ADHD. Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, which is also often simply referred to as ADHD, is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. It often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work.
According to the New York Post, a new study raises questions about age, maturity and overdiagnoses. As a matter of fact, there’s even a link between August birthdays and ADHD. A new study by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that among several hundred thousand children who were born between 2007 and 2009 and followed until 2016, rates of ADHD diagnosis and treatment were 34 percent higher among children born in August. And here’s the most troubling part: the effects were largest among boys.
In other words, if your child has a birthday in August, there’s a good chance that you might be thinking about delaying his or her entry to preschool or Kindergarten for another year. Some teachers or educational professionals even suggest waiting another year, due mostly to maturity reasons and of course, the child’s age. They believe that being one of the youngest kids in the class might hinder more than help their education and success inside the classroom.
If that weren’t enough, researchers also believe that the link they discovered could be the evidence why so many children are being misdiagnosed with ADHD. Health professionals and educators are confusing normal childhood behaviors with ADHD.
And while no one knows what the exact cause is behind ADHD, there are several different theories. Some medical experts and parents think an ADHD child's behavior is caused by a lack of discipline, a chaotic family life, or even too much television or screen time.
With that being said, there is currently no known cure for ADHD, though both medical and psychological treatments can help control symptoms. Thankfully, around one-third of children seem to grow out of their disorder during adolescence, but the others find their ADHD persists into adult life.