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ADHD is best understood as a cultural construct

  • S. Timimi (a1) and E. Taylor (a2)

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has received significant research attention and is a problem that is rarely out of the news – whether it is concerns about treating children with amphetamines, its over- or underdiagnosis, or the long-term outcomes.

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