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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7524.1088 (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1088
  1. Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (iain.mcclure@nhs.net)
  1. Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire

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    The facts about attention deficit hyper-activity disorder are well known. Some children (mainly boys) seem unable to concentrate as well as their peers and, to a greater or lesser extent, exhibit disabling over-activity. In consequence, they miss out on valuable social and academic opportunities and can pressurise family dynamics. ADHD (or ADD, if hyperkinesis is not present) can be addressed by behavioural interventions, but some patients do not respond, leading to the option of medication that stimulates dopamine release.

    The concern about use of …

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