Making sure children are diagnosed properly for ADHD

FILE - Classroom (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Classroom (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 percent of children in Texas have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Sonia Krishna with Seton Healthcare says some children are being misdiagnosed and some who need help aren’t being diagnosed at all.

Right now, doctors will diagnose a child with ADHD if they meet six out of nine criteria. Krishna says that template is not necessarily the best way to diagnose a child. “Tthat’s one of the troubles with psychiatry in general but with ADHD it’s a bit subjective in that you do have to meet this arbitrary number,” says Krishna. “Now there is a new idea about thinking about it more on a spectrum.”

If one of the child’s parents has been diagnosed with ADHD, the child might be more likely to have ADHD.

“It actually seems to be the most heritable disorder we have,” explains Krishna. “It’s actually rated at 80 percent, meaning it’s more heritable than height or eye color. So, if someone in the family has it, it’s much more likely that a child will have it.”

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