American Academy of Pediatrics issues new ADHD guidelines

October 17, 2011 10:49:31 AM PDT
Experts have issued new guidelines for identifying attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For the first time, they say pre-schoolers can be diagnosed and treated for ADHD. The new guidelines say doctors can diagnose and treat kids as young as four and as old as 18, for ADHD.

Previously, the guidelines focused on kids between six and 12 years old. Critics fear many young children will be misdiagnosed and receive unnecessary medications under the new rules.

The new rules are being put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics.