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Doctors' Groups Offer ADHD Guide for Parents
Date:10/2/2007

It's designed to provide accurate information on common childhood condition

TUESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Two leading U.S. psychiatric organizations on Tuesday released a guide intended to help parents deal with the torrent of often confusing and frightening information on treatments for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In addition to providing information on medications, the ADHD Parents Medication Guide, co-sponsored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association, also offers insights into non-drug treatment options such as behavioral therapies and school services.

"When I needed information, few people had heard of ADHD and little information was available to help parents," Soleil Gregg, a parent of two children who grew up with ADHD in the 1970s and '80s, said during a teleconference to unveil the guide. "Now families are faced with just the opposite problem. There's an overwhelming and confusing array of information and misinformation on the Internet, on television and in the print media."

Experts estimate that almost 2 million children in the United States -- or about 3 percent to 5 percent of young children in the country -- have ADHD.

"ADHD is a neurobehavioral condition characterized by excessive restlessness, inattention, impulsivity and distraction," explained Dr. David Fassler, a member of the medication guide subcommittee and a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Burlington, Vt. "The very good news and take-home message is we can effectively help the majority of children, adolescents and adults who have ADHD. The real problem is that research also tells us that many young people and adults aren't receiving effective and appropriate treatment they deserve."

ADHD, if untreated or under-treated, can result in dropping out of school, underemployment, and higher arrest and accident rates, including traff
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