NICE has published NG87 on Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: diagnosis and management, which updates and replaces CG72, published in 2008.

Attention deficity hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), characterised by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention, can present in people of all ages but can also coexist with other conditions and symptoms can overlap with similar related disorders. 

The diagnosis of ADHD can be difficult and it is under‑recognised in some populations, but an accurate diagnosis is important to properly tailor treatment.

This guideline covers children aged 5 years and under, children and young people aged 5 to 17 years, and adults aged 18 or over who are at risk, or have a diagnosis, of ADHD. It aims to raise awareness of populations at risk and offer clear advice on managing ADHD.

The recommendations made by NG87 cover the following areas:

  • recognition
  • information and support
  • managing ADHD
  • medication, including monitoring and review
  • adherence to treatment.