Diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults

Stephen V. Faraone, Kevin M. Antshel

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Adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a valid and impairing psychiatric disorder. In this article, we review the diagnosis of ADHD in adults, focusing on symptom presentation differences between pediatric and adult ADHD as well as the importance of assessing functional impairments. Differentiating ADHD from other clinical disorders is often the most difficult part of making an ADHD diagnosis in adults. Psychiatric comorbidities are also described and discussed as potential impact factors upon not only diagnosing ADHD but also treatment of adult ADHD. Especially in those adults with psychiatric comorbidities, treatments need to be multimodal and include both pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Comorbidity
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Stimulant medications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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