An 11-year study of 937,943 children in British Columbia found that boys who were relatively younger than their classmates were 41% more likely to receive a prescription for ADHD medication. Girls who were relatively younger were 77% more likely. “The relative maturity of children is affecting the diagnosis … making them more likely to get the diagnosis” the study’s lead author told the CBC news. The study was published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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