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TOPIC: Wider ADHD Definition Risks Unnecessary Medication

Wider ADHD Definition Risks Unnecessary Medication 06 Nov 2013 17:13 #293

Wider ADHD definition risks unnecessary medication, say experts
Posted November 5, 2013 by Kate Kelland

A wider definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is causing inappropriate diagnosis and unnecessary and possibly harmful medical treatment costing up to $500 million in the United States alone, scientists said on Wednesday.

Less restrictive diagnostic criteria have contributed to a steep rise in diagnoses for the behavioral brain condition -particularly among children - the researchers said, and in the use of stimulant drugs to manage it.

The broader definition also "devalues the diagnosis in those with serious problems", said Rae Thomas, a senior researcher at Australia's Bond University who led an analysis of the problem and has published it in the British Medical Journal.

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