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Attention Deficit/Hypereactivity Disorder Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its treatment have been controversial areas in the US. Because of the number of children thought to have this condition and the number of prescriptions written for this diagnosis, alarmed families and civic groups have wondered if this condition is overdiagnosed. They also worry that medications are overly used and that medications for this condition will be abused or lead to future drug abuse. However, without diagnosis and treatment, these children face school failure, poor self esteem, drug abuse (ironically), and multiple other problems. The astute clinician understands family and societal concerns, the natural history of the condition, diagnostic tools, and important treatment modalities in order to prevent or ameliorate major problems. It has been estimated that 3% to 7% of school age children have ADHD (1). Currently, ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder of childhood (2). With such numbers of children affected, pediatricians and other primary care providers have an important role in assessing and managing many of these children. There are not enough neurologists, psyc ...
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