New ADHD Guidelines For Diagnosing, Treating Kids
BOSTON (CBS) – The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new guidelines for diagnosing and treating kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Read: The report (.pdf)
The panel now recommends doctors evaluate all patients between the ages of four and 18 who show signs of the condition.
Previous guidelines applied to children ages six to 12.
The academy says doctors need to recognize ADHD as a chronic condition and use medications in even the youngest patients if they do not respond to behavioral therapy.