(HealthDay)—For children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), participation in after-school activities (ASA) is associated with reduced odds of moderate-to-severe ADHD and having seven or more missed school days, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, held from May 5 to 8 in Toronto.
The researchers found that 71.8 percent of the children participated in one or more ASA. ASA participation correlated with reduced odds of moderate-to-severe ADHD in adjusted analyses (adjusted odds ratio, 0.62; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.46 to 0.84). Lower odds of seven or more missed school days were seen in association with participation in ASA (adjusted odds ratio, 0.39; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.23 to 0.65). There was no significant correlation between participation in ASA with having one or having two or more calls home from school (adjusted odds ratios, 0.81 [95 percent confidence interval, 0.55 to 1.19] and 0.73 [95 percent confidence interval, 0.53 to 1.01], respectively).
Anxiety and ADHD can both cause difficulties with concentration, which many people have experienced during the pandemic. Distinguishing the diagnoses of anxiety and ADHD involves timing of onset, the theme of the person's worries, and psychological testing. Anxiety is more common than adult ADHD.
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