Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: are we helping or harming?

  title={Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: are we helping or harming?},
  author={Rae Thomas and Geoffrey K. Mitchell and Laura Batstra},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
#### Summary box Prevalence and prescribing rates for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have risen steeply over the past decade, partly in response to concerns about underdiagnosis and undertreatment.1 2 But although clinicians have become better … 
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