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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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Joel Paris

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199350643.003.0008
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date: 03 July 2022

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become another diagnostic epidemic, associated with the medicalization of all problems in attention, whatever their real cause. This trend has led to the over-prescription of stimulants, which are now much more commonly provided to both children and adults. This practice is of particular concern when adults who have never had childhood ADHD are given this diagnosis on the basis of attention problems alone. The DSM-5 criteria for adult ADHD have become broader, in spite of notable comorbidity. This is another example of the tendency to make diagnoses of mental disorders that are believed to benefit from a specific psychopharmacological treatment.

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