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The Diagnosis Does a Disservice to Children

The Diagnosis Does a Disservice to Children Christakis, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

A.D.H.D. exists in an interesting paradigm: It is treatable with pharmaceuticals and behavioral modifications, but diagnosis is pretty arbitrary. Attentional capacity isn’t something one can possess in full – it exists on a spectrum. Our current diagnostic approaches are too black and white, and they end up providing a disservice to many children.

Children who struggle with symptoms of A.D.H.D, like impulsivity and inattention, are dealing with problems of ” executive function.” Better executive function allows children (and adults) to make more considered choices, which can add up over time to make an enormous difference in quality of life.