A new study found people born in December were more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, raising a possible concern that immaturity may be linked to a misdiagnosis of the disorder.
The response from you was intensely personal, vast and divided: Many agreed, but others were appalled. You shared your personal experiences with diagnoses of ADHD. (Continue to share: leave your stories in the comment field of this article.)
I was born at nearly the end of December, & I can tell you, it made a difference. I would never have been diagnosed with ADHD, but I was very shy, & not as ready for school as my peers were. I simply didn't fit in. Because I started off not fitting in, my reputation followed me throughout elementary school - even though I became less shy. For kids up to 8 or maybe 10, it can make a huge difference what month they were born in.
Been there, done that. Son was born Dec. 13th and was suspected by a teacher of having ADHD in Grade 2. IMO the diagnosis for ADHD is so subjective as to be just about useless. In hind sight we should have kept him out of school for another year and avoided this issue.
My son was born on December 27th. He was NOT ready to start school the year he "should" have and so I kept him back a year. I have no doubt that had he gone to school the year he was supposed to he would have been disruptive and difficult. As the oldest in his class he is still busy and easily distracted, but old enough to handle this better. I think he would have been an ADHD labeling victim if he hadn't been given that extra year to mature. Now he is in grade 6 and I am so happy we made that decision.
Yes a child born in January or February is nearly one year older than a baby born in December or november. Yet they are placed in the same grade with the same expectations. A year for a grown adults no difference but for young children it is a world of difference.
This is yet another appalling sign that ADHD is more often than not the medical profession making the normal problematic
Kids do not fit in neat little packages. They are vastly different.
I worry that kids who are not high flyers when it comes to education get labelled early and end up on meds because they don't fit the mold.
Boys in particular seem to be on the outs in our education system. Instead of changing the kids maybe we should change the system.