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Are ethnic minorities more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Children from different ethnic groups appear to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at similar rates, although the diagnosis rates may not represent the number of children who actually have ADHD.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2007 showed that white and black children were diagnosed with ADHD equally, at about 7% of the population. Hispanic or Latino children were slightly less likely to have ADHD, at 5%. But, according to the National Resource Center on ADHD, African American children may not be referred for ADHD treatment as often as they should be. And minority children are less likely to receive medication treatment than white children. Children from  minority groups may be underdiagnosed and undertreated for ADHD.

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