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Stimulants for paediatricians
  1. D Isaacs,
  2. D A Fitzgerald
  1. Dept of Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr D Isaacs
    Dept of Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, Locked bag 4001, Sydney, NSW 2145, Australia;

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Does your paediatrician have difficulty concentrating during lectures, particularly those on molecular biology and healthcare planning? When taking a history, does your paediatrician not listen properly and keep asking the same questions? Is your paediatrician too busy to spend any time with his or her own children? These are all signs of ADHD(P), a newly described phenotype of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, one confined to paediatricians.


Another worrying early feature of ADHD(P) is an exaggerated tendency to repeat the same jokes, and not particularly good ones at that. Paediatricians with ADHD(P) are easily irritated by paperwork, particularly any relating to Continuing Medical Education, and by all circulars from the Health Department. ADHD(P) sufferers feel electronically overwhelmed, complaining repeatedly of the number of emails they receive. They are known to have a short fuse when it comes to directives from the Hospital Administration. ADHD(P) …

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  • Competing interests: Both authors admit to having ADHD(P), but have no competing interests

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