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Study Tracks How State Education-Related Policies Affect ADHD Diagnoses

Consequential accountability reforms (those that assign consequences to schools who fail to meet standards) initiated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act were linked to increased diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children from low-income households from 2003 to 2007, according to a study in Psychiatric Services in Advance. In contrast, states with laws prohibiting school personnel from recommending or requiring that a child take a psychotropic medication saw decreases in ADHD diagnoses.Because children with ADHD often face problems with academic achievement and those diagnosed are often treated with...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 4 June, 2015

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