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New ADHD screening recommendations for kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new recommendations for screening children for ADHD.

October 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
New recommendations are out for screening children for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The American Academy of Pediatrics has expanded the age range for diagnosis and treatment to children between 4 and 18 years old. Previous guidelines were from ages 6 to 12.

For the youngest children, the academy is emphasizing the use of behavior treatments over medication.

However critics fear the new recommendations will lead to younger children taking unnecessary medications.