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ADHD clinical practice guidelines updated


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidelines for the treatment and care of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). The guidelines now stress the need to identify comorbidities in children with ADHD. No major changes were made to how ADHD is managed. This is the first update to the clinical practice guideline since 2011. 


The changes highlight barriers to care and call on doctors to screen and begin treatment for comorbidities. The guidelines provide information on how to address conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Oppositional defiant disorder 
  • Autism spectrum disorders, and more  

CVS/Aetna will adopt the updated guidelines in early 2020.  

You can help improve the quality of care for children with ADHD. Learn more about the updated ADHD guidelines