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Research Professor, Duke University. Information presented in Attention Research Update is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Although newsletter sponsors offer products and services that I believe will be of interest to subscribers, sponsorship of Attention Research Update does not constitute a specific endorsement or guarantee of any company's product or services. This change better reflects the way ADHD is currently conceptualized. Core symptoms A common criticism of the ADHD diagnostic criteria has been that the core symptoms reflect how the disorder presents in school age children and does not capture how it presents in older adolescents and adults. Because of this, some have argued that different symptom sets should be developed for different age groups. However, the new diagnostic criteria essentially retain the same symptoms as before.
Adult ADHD: Evaluation and Treatment in Family Medicine
Louis Residency Program, St. Louis, Missouri. Related Editorial. Accurate diagnosis of ADHD in adults is challenging and requires attention to early development and symptoms of inattention, distractibility, impulsivity and emotional lability. Diagnosis is further complicated by the overlap between the symptoms of adult ADHD and the symptoms of other common psychiatric conditions such as depression and substance abuse.
Diagnosis should be based on a complete history and evaluation of the patient. To aid physicians and psychologists in the diagnostic process, several validated behavior scales have been developed to help screen, diagnose, evaluate, and track symptoms of ADHD in adults. An item scale that can be used as an initial symptom assessment to identify adults who may have ADHD A 6-question subset of the full item ASRS-v1.