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Pediatric Mental Health Disparities: Time to Look in The Mirror?

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      Although attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most prevalent neuropsychiatric disorder of childhood, this disorder continues to be underrecognized. ADHD is a disabling disorder associated with a deleterious effect on individual and family functioning. Diagnosis and treatment are required to avoid often detrimental consequences of untreated ADHD. Although ADHD exists in similar rates across cultures, health care disparities exist related to diagnosis and treatment. Despite improved policies in recent years aimed at closing the gaps in care, this problem continues. There is a significant need to ask why and consider the following question: Is it time to look in the mirror?


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      Angela Kay Trombley, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and can be contacted at [email protected]