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Most ADHD diagnoses made in US children seem to follow guidelines

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4946
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The majority of new cases of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children in the US are being diagnosed consistent with best practices, a new study has found.

The percentage of children being diagnosed as having ADHD has risen steadily in the US in recent years, increasing 5% a year from 2003 to 2011. Currently about one in 10 school aged children, or about 6.4 million, is diagnosed as having ADHD.

Researchers …

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