ADHD is found equally among black and white populations. While more white children are diagnosed, conclusions show this may be due to more assessments for white children or less assessments for black children. If ADHD has no racial preference genetically, then it is important that children of all races are equally treated for this disorder.
The article, “Race and ADHD” by Joel Nigg looks at the issue more closely. He states,
“If you are in an under-represented minority group trying to understand if your child has ADHD, recognize that yes, he or she might. True incidence is about the same across racial groups in the United States. But the diagnostic process is complicated by race and stereotype effects as well as by a history of discrimination in many prior experiences of Black or BIPOC individuals to which a clinician has to be sensitive for an effective evaluation.”
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ADHD can equally affect homes of other races. It is predominantly a white issue but one that crosses gender and race lines. It is something that can be easily aided with the proper professional care. It is hence critical that all children regardless of race who are diagnosed with ADHD, receive the same and fair treatment. Please also review AIHCP’s ADHD Consulting Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.