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by Dr Maia H. Forrester and
Dr Fiona C.M. Forbes
Published: March 2013
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD) is the term most widely used to cover a group of chronic
behavioural disorders characterised by persistent and disabling
levels of restlessness and overactivity. These symptoms are usually
combined with impulsiveness and/or inattention beyond developmental
ADHD remains a controversial subject within
public and professional spheres, and while this module does
acknowledge the body of critical literature, the authors support
the view that ADHD is a valid diagnosis that can be reliably
diagnosed and effectively treated.
ADHD has a high rate of comorbidity with
other disorders and is associated with multiple negative outcomes
for those affected. This makes the disorder a significant economic
burden on society, and it is therefore important that health
professionals (including psychiatrists working in child, adolescent
and adult services) are familiar with the possible presentations of
ADHD and the options for treatment.
This module provides background information
about ADHD and outlines the guidelines for assessing young people
displaying symptoms of the disorder. The authors are currently
working on a second module, which will cover the recommended
options for intervention and treatment.
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