Review Articles

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

A. M.E. du Plessis
South African Family Practice | Vol 57, No 3 : May/June| a4268 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v57i3.4268 | ©
Submitted: 21 April 2015 | Published: 01 May 2015

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A. M.E. du Plessis, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a common neurobehavioural disorder that compromises the core symptoms of developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Many patients are still not diagnosed, or do not receive appropriate sustained treatment, in spite of a general greater awareness of the disorder. With such a high prevalence, the clinician needs to be well-informed about the presentation, treatment and challenges associated with this complex disorder.

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attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; ADHD; methylphenidate; atomoxetine

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