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Volume 36: Issue 4: 2006




Attention  deficit  hyperactivity  disorder  has  attracted  considerable media attention, in particular questioning its validity as a diagnostic concept and the use of stimulant medication in its treatment. This does especial disservice to the children and young people with ADHD and their parents:ADHD is a common, chronic neurodevelopmental disorder affecting many areas of a child’s life, with a high  rate  of  secondary  problems  and  a  high  risk  of  associated  disorders. It requires multi-modal assessment and management, usually including medication.