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by Dr Ian Ellison-Wright,
Dr Louise Fountain and Dr Ovais Badat
Last updated: April 2017
Although in the past ADHD was regarded as a problem of
childhood, there is increasing evidence that in some people the
symptoms persist into adulthood.
Adult ADHD is frequently
comorbid with other disorders: mood disorders, anxiety disorders,
personality disorders, alcohol and substance disorders. It is,
therefore, important for general adult psychiatrists to be
able to diagnose ADHD and differentiate it from other
Some researchers recommend
that if the symptoms of adult ADHD cause significant impairment
then they should be treated. Treatment options include self-help
techniques, psychological interventions and medication.
The aim of this module is to
give general adult psychiatrists a better understanding of ADHD and
current opinion regarding diagnosis and treatment.
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