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Hyperactive kids 'are just naughty'

Children labelled as 'hyperactive' in school are highly unlikely to be suffering from any disorder, claims study.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2008 08:26 PM IST

Parents, please note - children labelled as 'hyperactive' in school are highly unlikely to be suffering from any disorder - in fact, they are just naughty, researchers have claimed.

A new study in Britain has revealed that only half of the kids suspected of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are actually diagnosed with the condition by a mental health expert.

Children with ADHD cannot concentrate on school work or play and are easily distracted, forgetful or fail to follow instructions. They are also unduly noisy, restless, often talk excessively and butt in to other's conversations.

According to the researchers, school teachers may be over identifying children with possible ADHD diagnoses.

"Naughty children may at some point present symptoms but someone with ADHD has them at all times," lead author Dr Benjamin Keene was quoted by leading British newspaper The Daily Telegraph as saying.

In their study, based in Tower Hamlets, 52 kids were referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services team with ADHD-like symptoms over the course of one year.

Of those, the researchers found that most did not have ADHD and only 14 were observed in the classroom by the mental health team. Eventually six were diagnosed with ADHD, the study revealed.

Better educational resources need to be made available to teachers in schools to help them accurately pinpoint kids with ADHD, according to the researchers.

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