Hyperactivity (attention-deficit disorder)

C. A. Martin, R. J. Welsh, S. E. McKay, C. M. Bareuther

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Hyperactivity, or attention-deficit disorder, is a common disorder of childhood and has serious sequelae. Patients with this problem present frequently to the family physician's office. The physician should be able to perform a thorough evaluation that includes a family interview, a teacher consultation, and referral for psychological testing. Once the diagnosis of hyperactivity (attention-deficit disorder) is made, a comprehensive treatment plan in initiated that includes the use of stimulants, family counseling with an emphasis on behavioral management of the child and support of the parents and siblings, and initiation of school intervention. Many parents inquire about diet therapy, which may be of help with some children but should not be used to the exclusion of other treatment approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-380
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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