ADHD can impact school performance as early as 2nd grade

A new Australian study contends that Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can harm a child’s academic performance and social skills as early as from the second grade.

Children between 6 and 8 years old who were tested and scored high for ADHD symptoms were more likely to get lower grades in elementary school and have trouble fitting in with other kids, compared with children without ADHD, the study authors reported.

Kids with ADHD also were more likely to have other mental health or developmental disorders, including anxiety, depression and autism, according to the study.

The researchers also said they discovered that about 80% of the young children with ADHD symptoms had not been diagnosed with the disorder, a finding called “striking” by Dr. David Fassler, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

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