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Behavioural disorders are overdiagnosed in US

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:657

American children are probably being overdiagnosed as having a behavioural disorder and being overprescribed drugs to treat it, says a report by the United Nations' International Narcotics Control Board. The agency, based in Vienna, was asked by the US Drug Enforcement Administration to look into the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit disorder.

The agencies are concerned with the rapid growth in prescriptions for methylphenidate, an amphetamine marketed in the US …

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