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Diagnosing ADHD: Teacher Input Overlooked?
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Parents of Children Diagnosed With ADHD Sound Off in Survey
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Oct. 21, 2009 -- Pediatricians are most often involved in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, but many do not get recommended input from teachers before rendering a diagnosis, Consumer Reports says in a parent survey about their children with ADHD.
The survey of parents of 934 children diagnosed with ADHD revealed:
The survey also found that:
Many symptoms of ADHD occur with other conditions, and children who are diagnosed may have additional disorders, Consumer Reports says. Only 32% of the study population had ADHD alone, 29% had ADHD plus oppositional defiant disorder and/or conduct disorder, 14% had ADHD plus anxiety or depression, and 25% had all three disorders.
When asked what parents would tell another parent:
SOURCES: News release, Consumer Reports.
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