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.

  1. Cis says:

    about time! I’ve had several foster children who exhibit classic symptoms but no dr would evaluate until age 6. can’t even get masshealth to pay for neuro psych eval under 6, and DCF won’t fight for it. while waiting these kids are falling further and further behind and simply not getting healthcare they deserve.

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