Watch out for possible ADHD diagnosis in high-risk individuals, urges NICE

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is advising physicians to consider a possible attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis in individuals who have an increased risk for the condition but are left unnoticed.

According to NICE, individuals with other conditions such as learning disability or mental health issues, or with a strong family history of ADHD, have a greater likelihood of being undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed.

A new draft guidance will replace the earlier NICE guidance, with updated recommendations on treating and managing ADHD. The guidance indicates the chances of missing a diagnosis of ADHD in girls and women, since they sometimes fail to exhibit the classic symptoms.

Dr Gillian Baird, an expert in paediatric neurodisability and chair of the NICE guideline committee, commented, "Our draft guideline highlights to doctors and other professionals about when to think an ADHD diagnosis is possible and refer someone for an assessment where appropriate.” "It’s important to offer ongoing support and information to the patients about their condition," he added.