Clinical update

Consider the risks associated with ADHD

New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines suggest that early signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder remain largely undetected, especially in women.

New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines suggest that early signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder remain largely undetected, especially in women.

Essential facts

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms including hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Symptoms tend to be noticed at an early age and most cases are diagnosed when children are six to 12 years old. Common coexisting conditions in children include disorders of mood, conduct, learning, motor control, language and communication, and anxiety disorders. In adults, they include personality disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance misuse.

What’s new

New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says the condition is often underdiagnosed in girls and women. NICE says women are less likely to be sent for assessment, more likely to be undiagnosed and more

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