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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 26, 2015

Too Little Behavioral Therapy for Kids With ADHD

JAMA. 2015;313(20):2016. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4969

Most US children and teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been treated with medication, behavioral therapy, or dietary supplements, according to a recent study, but the findings indicate that behavioral therapy may have been underused. The study’s authors said their data, from the CDC’s 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, are an important benchmark for clinical practice because they were collected in the years just before the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released diagnostic and treatment guidelines for ADHD in 2011.

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