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NIH Consensus Statement

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Consensus Development Conference Statement
November 16-18, 1998


The NIH Consensus Development Panel concluded that ADHD is a commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children that represents a major public health problem. Children with ADHD usually have pronounced difficulties and impairments resulting from the disorder across multiple settings. They can also experience long-term adverse effects on academic performance, vocational success, and social-emotional development. For many individuals, the impact of ADHD continues into adulthood.

Although an independent diagnostic test for ADHD does not exist, evidence supporting the validity of the disorder can be found.

Randomized clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of stimulants and psychosocial interventions for the treatment of ADHD symptoms of ADHD.

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