In Brief: Updated guidelines issued for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Published: January, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidelines for the diagnosis and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although much of the advice remains the same, the guidelines offer several significant changes worth noting:

Screening. The AAP now recommends that any child or teenager, ages 4 to 18, be screened for ADHD if he or she develops academic or behavior problems in addition to symptoms suggesting ADHD, such as inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsive behavior. This represents an expansion of the previous recommendations, which were restricted to children ages 6 to 12.

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