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Hyperactivity

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each of the last five years; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the diagnostic mechanisms in place. (136839)

Regarding the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each of the last five years, I refer my hon. Friend to the response I gave on 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1844W.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines stipulate that the diagnosis of ADHD and the initiation of treatment, should be undertaken by a child and adolescent psychiatrist or a paediatrician with relevant expertise but that continued prescribing and monitoring may be performed by general practitioners. Drug therapy should be part of a comprehensive treatment programme including advice and support to parents and teachers.