Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children: more focus on care and support, less on diagnosis

Luise Kazda*, Katy Bell, Rae Thomas, Leah Hardiman, Iona Heath, Alexandra Barratt

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Abstract

Key messages
Diagnoses of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents have increased globally over the past 30 years

Diagnosing ADHD in children is assumed to result in better long term outcomes for them, but this is not well supported by evidence

Potential benefits of an ADHD diagnosis for access to interventions are often overemphasised in research and guideline development, whereas potential harms are generally overlooked

Providing symptom appropriate care and support for children with inattentive/hyperactive behaviours, regardless of diagnosis, might improve access to beneficial interventions while limiting harms from the diagnostic label

Robust studies on who is most likely to benefit, or be harmed, by an ADHD diagnosis are needed
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere073448
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalBMJ (Clinical research ed.)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2024

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