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Experts link ADHD with juvenile delinquency

CHINA'S leading pediatricians are calling for more care for children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as a recent foreign study on 1,292 juvenile delinquents showed that 978 of them have ADHD.

"The percentage is 75.53," said Dr Zheng Yi, director of pediatric psychology department of the Chinese Medical Association. "A similar research on domestic delinquents also found more than 30 percent of them have a history of ADHD."

The incidence of ADHD among Chinese children is about 5.83 percent, which means nearly 20 million children have ADHD and may carry it through adolescence to adulthood with symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

About 50 to 60 percent of such children will develop psychological disorders like substance abuse and personality disorder during their adulthood or even entire life.

"Concerning the close relationship between ADHD and criminal tendency, early diagnosis and proper medication are important for their healthy development and social stability," Zheng said.

Officials from Shanghai Education Commission said they will team up with the medical community to offer more effective education and treatment, raise public awareness of ADHD and help children with the disease.


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