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BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6294 (Published 26 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6294
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? That’s a diagnosis in search of a disease, isn’t it?

Not according to most child psychiatrists, who say that there is plenty of evidence that it’s a real condition.

But there’s no biological test, and lots of children are hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive. I’d be a bit worried if mine weren’t

True enough. So it’s only the extreme end of the spectrum that warrants the diagnosis, and when the symptoms cause “significant impairment,” says the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). But …

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