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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Is It Common? Is It Overtreated?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Is It Common? Is It Overtreated? EDITORIAL Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Is It Common? Is It Overtreated? N THE early days of my career-long interest in ADHD, comparisons are often made to the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hypertension. As in hypertension, diagnosing ADHD a syndrome that went by other names then, one depends on the stringency with which one applies the felt like a voice in the wilderness trying to drum diagnostic criteria. However, in the case of hyperten- I up interest in a condition that was already known sion, the diagnostic measurement is relatively objective. to be common. It was known that children with this syn- By contrast, evaluating the behaviors that define ADHD drome were, at best, likely to underachieve and, at worst, is a relatively subjective process, although refinements likely to end up with significant psychiatric and social in the diagnostic criteria have made these measure- morbidity. It has been gratifying, therefore, to see the great ments increasingly reproducible. Also, it should be re- surge in public awareness of this condition. An enor- alized that the diagnosis of ADHD is based only on an mous amount has been written about ADHD in recent assessment of characteristic symptoms. The diagnosis gives years. The sheer http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Is It Common? Is It Overtreated?

JAMA Pediatrics , Volume 156 (3) – Mar 1, 2002

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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2168-6203
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2168-6211
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10.1001/archpedi.156.3.209
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EDITORIAL Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Is It Common? Is It Overtreated? N THE early days of my career-long interest in ADHD, comparisons are often made to the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hypertension. As in hypertension, diagnosing ADHD a syndrome that went by other names then, one depends on the stringency with which one applies the felt like a voice in the wilderness trying to drum diagnostic criteria. However, in the case of hyperten- I up interest in a condition that was already known sion, the diagnostic measurement is relatively objective. to be common. It was known that children with this syn- By contrast, evaluating the behaviors that define ADHD drome were, at best, likely to underachieve and, at worst, is a relatively subjective process, although refinements likely to end up with significant psychiatric and social in the diagnostic criteria have made these measure- morbidity. It has been gratifying, therefore, to see the great ments increasingly reproducible. Also, it should be re- surge in public awareness of this condition. An enor- alized that the diagnosis of ADHD is based only on an mous amount has been written about ADHD in recent assessment of characteristic symptoms. The diagnosis gives years. The sheer

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JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 2002

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