Mental Health Providers at the Birmingham Maple Clinic Report Younger Students More Likely to Be Prescribed ADHD Medication Than Older Peers

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The youngest students in a class are more likely to prescribed ADHD medication than the older kids due to perceived academic and behavioral issues.

It’s important to consider the whole picture when diagnosing and treating ADHD in young children.

Mental health providers in Michigan at the Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported that recent research suggests that students who are the youngest in their class are more likely to be prescribed medication to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a result of perceived academic and behavioral problems with the child. The study findings, published by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, suggest that there is a difference in maturity levels in kids who are up to a full calendar year younger than their peers, and the lack of maturity is often mistaken for bigger issues like ADHD. Dr. Helga Zoega, post-doctoral fellow and lead author on the study said, “It may be that the youngest kids in class are just acting according to their age. But their behavior is thought of as symptoms of something else, rather than immaturity.”

According to mental health experts at the clinic, which provides ADHD treatment for kids and adults, this latest research adds another interesting piece of the puzzle when it comes to behavioral problems and learning issues with younger kids. Lori Edelson, therapist at the mental health clinic in Michigan said, “It’s important to consider the whole picture when diagnosing and treating ADHD in young children. As indicated by this latest research, sometimes it’s just the smallest difference in age that can make younger kids stand out in terms of their maturity level. We can’t jump to the conclusion that just because a younger child performs at a lower level than the older kids in the class that they have ADHD.”

The mental health providers at the Birmingham Maple Clinic provide a wide range of mental health services in Michigan, including treatment for ADHD, at the clinic’s state of the art facility in Troy. The team treats both kids and adults through a personalized approach that often includes a combination of medication and personalized therapy.

Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for over 40 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit

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