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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a critique of the concept

  • S. Timimi (a1)
Abstract

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a fact of culture rather than a fact of nature. For a diagnosis like ADHD to be scientifically useful you need to show that the concept leads to advancement of knowledge around causes. For it to be clinically useful, you need to show that use of the concept leads to improved clinical outcomes. As neither can be convincingly demonstrated, ADHD is unlikely to be either scientifically or clinically useful and the concept is well past its use-by date.

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*Address for correspondence: S. Timimi, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Child and Family Services, Horizon Centre, Monson Street, Lincoln LN5 7RZ, UK.(Email: stimimi@talk21.com)
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