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Letters Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

The need to assess children thoroughly for ADHD

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g12
  1. Jeremy J de Bono, ST6 acting consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist1,
  2. Victoria Thomas, specialty doctor2,
  3. Barry Chipchase, clinical director2,
  4. Paul McArdle, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist1
  1. 1North of Tyne Community CYPS, Villa 9, Northgate Hospital, Morpeth NE61 3BP, UK
  2. 2Redburn, Ferndene, Prudhoe NE42 5PB, UK
  1. Jeremy.DeBono{at}

Like other recent BMJ authors and correspondents, Tudor Hart questions the validity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).1 His scepticism is derived from the correlation with “post-industrial dereliction” and a perception that the UK’s benefit system offers a powerful incentive to families to seek the diagnosis.

Correlations do seem to exist between …

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