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ADHD: A new practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics
  1. H BAUCHNER MD, US Associate Editor

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Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurobehavioural disorder of childhood. However, the prevalence of ADHD and its diagnosis and treatment remain controversial. There are persistent concerns that ADHD is overdiagnosed, with the diagnosis reflecting poorly validated diagnostic criteria. In addition, parents, educators, and health care professionals are also concerned that psychoactive medications are being used to “calm” children inappropriately. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released an important practice parameter (guideline) about the diagnosis and evaluation of children …

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