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Study Data Show INTUNIV™ (guanfacine) Extended Release Tablets Co-administered With Stimulants Provided ADHD Symptom Improvement in Children and Adolescents
Date:5/21/2010

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About ADHD

ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.  Worldwide prevalence of ADHD is estimated at 5.3 percent (with large variability), according to a comprehensive systematic review of this topic published in 2007 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.  In the United States, approximately 7.8 percent of all school-aged children, or about 4.4 million children aged 4 to 17 years, have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ADHD is a psychiatric behavioral disorder that manifests as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.  The specific etiology of ADHD is unknown and there is no single diagnostic test for this disorder.  Adequate diagnosis requires the use of medical and special psychological, educational and social resources, utilizing diagnostic criteria such as Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV®) or International Classification of Diseases 10 (ICD-10).

Although there is no cure for ADHD, there are accepted treatments that specifically target its symptoms.  Standard treatments include educational approaches, psychological or behavioral modification, and/or medication.

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