Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up New NICE Standards for ADHD Care

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With NICE issuing new standards for the support and care of ADHD patients, Yourwellness Magazine explored the difficulties parents face when choosing treatments for their children’s ADHD symptoms.

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On the 29th of July, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued standards to improve the quality of care and support for children, young people and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The standards include referring those with symptoms to a specialist for an accurate diagnosis, and offering a training programme to eligible parents and carers of children with ADHD symptoms. Professor Chris Hollis, Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham Child and member of the specialist committee which developed the standard, commented, “The NICE quality standard for ADHD represents a real advance by setting a benchmark for improved recognition, diagnosis and delivery of evidence-based treatments across the lifespan of a person with this condition.” (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored the dilemma parents face when choosing treatments for their child’s ADHD symptoms. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Some experts believe that the increase of the condition has been caused by a range of dietary and lifestyle factors, whereas others feel that diagnosis procedures have been improved in a manner that helps to identify the condition more efficiently. However, regardless of this difference in opinion, one consensual concern is that there is presently no known cure for the condition. Whilst drugs do exist to target specific symptoms of the condition, they can often result in side-effects that can make using the treatments counter-productive, and can be a disturbing experience for both carers and those in care.” (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that parents or guardians of ADHD patients will almost certainly want to seek out a remedy for the condition, and pharmaceutical companies often play on this desire, asserting that ADHD treatments have no adverse side-effects and can be taken without significant risk. However, Yourwellness Magazine argued that ADHD treatments can often be highly addictive, and for some, should be placed in the same category as other highly addictive medications such as morphine, opium and methadone. Yourwellness Magazine therefore noted that parents may be better off seeking out alternative and natural remedies for the condition.

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