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Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) the area corresponding as closely as possible to Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each of the last seven years. (134771)

Information is not collected on the number of people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In March 2006, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidance on the use of drugs to treat ADHD. NICE has estimated that around 5 per cent. of school-aged children meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, equivalent to 366,000 children and adolescents in England and Wales, but not all these children will require medication.

The position concerning ADHD in adults is unclear. There have been a number of follow-up studies of those given the diagnosis as children, which indicate that a small proportion may continue with ADHD problems into adulthood.