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When ADHD isn't what it seems

from The Atlantic

The number of kids who are diagnosed with ADHD these days is huge — and growing. Reported cases of the disorder have increased by 42 percent since 2003. But a new study suggests that some of these children might actually be suffering from a different condition that often goes undetected. Most of the referrals that pediatrician Ira Chasnoff gets at his clinic at the Children's Research Triangle in Chicago are for behavioral issues. He and his team analyzed a sample of 156 foster children who had been referred to his clinic and found that 81 percent of them had fetal alcohol spectrum disorders that had not previously been detected by a physician. The most common reason they had been referred to Chasnoff was ADHD. more

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