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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services


Attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder
NICE `clinical This booklet is about the care and treatment of people with attention
guidelines' advise deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD for short) in the NHS in England and
Wales. It explains guidance (advice) from NICE (the…

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Contents
Care for all people with ADHD 3
ADHD 4
Information for parents of children with ADHD 5
Information for young people with ADHD 11
Information for adults with ADHD 13
About medication 15
Explanation of medical words and terms 18
More information 20
About NICE 20



The advice in…

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Care for all people with ADHD
Treatment and care should take into account the personal needs and
preferences of all people with ADHD, and their families or carers, where
appropriate. People with ADHD have the right to be fully informed and
to make decisions in partnership with their healthcare team.…

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ADHD
ADHD is a common behavioural disorder in children and young people.
It usually starts in early childhood and some people will continue to
have ADHD as adults. Severe ADHD is sometimes known as
`hyperkinetic disorder'.
The symptoms of ADHD include being:
· inattentive ­ unable to concentrate for very…

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Information for parents of children with ADHD
What should happen if I think my child has ADHD?
If you or someone else (such as a teacher) thinks that your child's
behaviour could be a sign of ADHD, it is likely that you will visit your
GP first. If your GP…

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What advice and support can we expect after diagnosis
of ADHD?
Your specialist or another healthcare professional should give you advice
on having clear rules about behaviour, encouraging and rewarding your
child's good behaviour, and making sure that your child's day has structure
and routine.
Your specialist should offer you…

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What treatment should my child be offered?
The treatment your child should be offered will depend on how old Some treatments
they are and their symptoms of ADHD. A specialist should give your may not be
child most of their treatment and care when they are first diagnosed suitable for…

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About courses for parents
The aim of the course is to equip parents with the necessary skills so
that they can help to improve their child's behaviour.

A course is about 8­12 sessions and usually takes place in a group
with other parents. The course will help parents to understand…

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Treatment for school-age children with ADHD
If your child is old enough to go to school, they should not usually be If a treatment
offered medication first. described in this
Your child's teachers should be informed about how to support children booklet appears
with ADHD. If they have also had…

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After this, your GP can continue to prescribe your child's medication
and check how your child is doing. As well as your child being offered
medication, you should also be offered a place on a course to help
parents with their child's behaviour (see box on page 8, `About courses…

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