Critique or misrepresentation? A reply to Timimi et al.

Russell A. Barkley, Mina Dulcan, Jan Loney, Richard Milich, John Werry, Charles Cunningham, Arthur Anastopoulos, Bennett Leventhal, Avi Sadeh, Patrick Tolan, L. Eugene Arnold, Kevin R. Murphy, Steven R. Pliszka, Keith McBurnett, Stephen Houghton, Brooke Molina, Susan Campbell, Charlotte Johnston, Russell Schachar, Mary Solanto-GardnerDavid Hay

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In rebuttal to Timimi et al., we show that their critique is not a form of reasonable scientific debate with informed, constructive criticism, but merely a misrepresentation of the existing scientific literature on ADHD apparently designed to convince the scientifically uninformed of its nonexistence and of the misuse of medications for its management. We show their argument to be based on faulty logic, selective citation, misreprensentation of individual studies, ignorance of the vast literature on ADHD, and innuendo that maligns the integrity of scientists studying the disorder. Our original International Consensus Statement on ADHD remains untarnished by this faux critique - indeed it was intended to refute just such unsupported and unsupportable criticism that often appears in the popular media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • ADHD
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Etiology
  • Medication
  • Psychosocial management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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