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Rethinking Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH1,2
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1Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
2Associate Editor, JAMA Pediatrics
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(2):109-110. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3372.
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This Viewpoint discusses factors that contribute to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnoses.

The prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased substantially over the past 20 years: by some estimates, as much as 30%.1 Much like the rise in autism prevalence, the reasons for this are likely multifactorial, including an actual rise in incidence as well as increased recognition and diagnosis. The deficits seen in children with ADHD include impulsivity and inattention, and these salient features are part of what those of us researching cognition consider “executive function.”

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