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The question of how minorities are impacted by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bit broad. A way to begin to address the question is to break it down in terms of which minority and to select an area in which that specific minority is impacted by ADHD. Also, it may be necessary to further specify in terms of gender. For example, the diagnosis of ADHD in African American boys has received attention in recent years. Some studies have found a dramatic increase (more than 50 percent) of the diagnosis of ADHD among African American children, particularly boys. Some experts argue that the impact of such a large percentage of African American boys diagnosed with ADHD is most noticeably felt in the educational system. Various experts and observers disagree on the root causes of the current trends in diagnosing African American boys with ADHD. Some describe the diagnosis as an unfair “label.” Others assert that race plays a factor in the diagnosis. Despite such disagreements, there seems to be a consensus regarding the negative impact of the diagnosis regarding education. The negative impact of the diagnosis of ADHD on African boys includes high school dropout rates and low academic performance.
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