This child's behaviors suggested ADHD-combined or primarily hyperactive type and conduct disorder. However, there was a strong history of trauma and affective disturbance. A structured interview format indicated that he formally met criteria for both PTSD and mixed episode. Without this format, features defining these disorders might have been missed and the child treated only for ADHD.
Rising costs and changing treatment trends have sparked concerns about quality of care. Image: ©Aleute/ Shutterstock
ADHD Research Update: September 2016