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Ask an expert: Active or ADHD – what's the difference?

Q: “What’s the difference between a very active, inquisitive child and a child with ADHD? Well-meaning people have told me that I should have my 6-year-old evaluated for the disorder, but I’m not so sure.”

Answered by Bertha Kao, M.D., pediatrics, Providence Medical Group-Sherwood

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