Estimates vary about how many people are affected by attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The accepted standard for diagnosing ADHD is the DSM-IV
criteria from the American Psychiatric Association.1 A
child's dominant symptoms (inattention, impulsiveness, and/or hyperactivity)
are determined and categorized. The condition affects about 3 to 7 out of 100 school-age children in the United States.1
American Psychiatric Association (2000).
Attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th
ed., text rev., pp. 85–103. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric
McGough JJ (2005). Adult manifestations of
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder section of Attention-deficit
disorders. In BJ Sadock, VA Sadock, eds., Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 8th ed., vol. 2, pp. 3198–3204.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
February 2, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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