These children are most at risk of ADHD over-diagnosis

The youngest children in a school class are more likely than their peers  to be prescribed drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a Western Australian study shows.

The findings indicate that developmental immaturity is being mislabelled as a psychiatric disorder and unnecessarily treated with stimulant medication.

The authors, led by Dr Martin Whitely from Curtin University, found that “among children aged 6-10 years, those born in June (the last month of the recommended school-year intake) were about twice as likely to