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On a mission to close the ADHD diagnosis gap

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Brain injury and ADHD share a complex relationship, with research evidence highlighting the disorder among neurobehavioural  complications of TBI and amid widespread recognition that more studies are needed to shed light on this complex picture. NR Times reports on a pioneering approach to ADHD which aims to revolutionise management of the condition.

Children with traumatic brain injury have a heightened risk of developing ADHD, and recent research suggests that it may not develop until years later.

A separate study (Gerring et al, 1998) presents ADHD secondary to TBI as occurring in 20 to 50 per cent of individuals post-injury.

Meanwhile, ADHD diagnoses are on the up. In the US, the National Health Interview Survey estimated the prevalence in children aged four to 17 years to be around 10 per cent in 2016, up from six per cent in the 1990s. And this trend seems to have continued, with more recent figures up to 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that ADHD has recently been diagnosed in 13 per cent of children aged 12 to 17 years in US.

Against the backdrop of this trend, ADHD Online has emerged as the only organisation in the US to offer ADHD assessment online that is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); which protects sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. The platform provides certified results from licensed psychologists.

NR Times spoke to CEO Zach Booker and senior clinical staff at the company about its novel approach to ADHD and their views on the outlook for ADHD management.

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