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Updated European Consensus Statement on Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult ADHD

The important update of the European Consensus statement (first published in 2010) regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD is available. The full paper in English can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924933818301962 The recent French translation of the paper is here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c467ff_6b5e5014a1fe427a9d4489d983a0a2cb.pdf Abstract Background Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood…

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Unravelling the comorbidity between OCD and ADHD

By Ilinca Mihailescu Blanco-Vieira T, Santos M, Ferrão YA, Torres AR3, Miguel EC, Bloch MH, Leckman JF, do Rosario MC (2019). The impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in obsessive-compulsive disorder subjects. Depress Anxiety. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1002/da.22898. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30990937 Abstract: BACKGROUND: Recent findings suggest an association between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Thus, we evaluated the clinical…

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DIVA-5, and two new DIVAs available (Young DIVA-5 and DIVA-5 ID)

DIVA-5 is the successor to DIVA 2.0, the structured Diagnostic Interview for Adult ADHD, and is based on the criteria for ADHD in DSM-5. DIVA-5 asks about the presence of ADHD symptoms in adulthood as well as childhood, the chronicity of these symptoms, and significant impairments due to these symptoms. In order to simplify the…

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Updated European Consensus Statement on Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult ADHD


The important update of the European Consensus statement (first published in 2010) regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD is available.

The full paper in English can be found here:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924933818301962

The recent French translation of the paper is here:
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c467ff_6b5e5014a1fe427a9d4489d983a0a2cb.pdf

Abstract
Background
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood that often persists into adulthood and old age. Yet ADHD is currently underdiagnosed and undertreated in many European countries, leading to chronicity of symptoms and impairment, due to lack of, or ineffective treatment, and higher costs of illness.

Methods
The European Network Adult ADHD and the Section for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan (NDAL) of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), aim to increase awareness and knowledge of adult ADHD in and outside Europe. This Updated European Consensus Statement aims to support clinicians with research evidence and clinical experience from 63 experts of European and other countries in which ADHD in adults is recognized and treated.

Results
Besides reviewing the latest research on prevalence, persistence, genetics and neurobiology of ADHD, three major questions are addressed: (1) What is the clinical picture of ADHD in adults? (2) How should ADHD be properly diagnosed in adults? (3) How should adult ADHDbe effectively treated?

Conclusions
ADHD often presents as a lifelong impairing condition. The stigma surrounding ADHD, mainly due to lack of knowledge, increases the suffering of patients. Education on the lifespan perspective, diagnostic assessment, and treatment of ADHD must increase for students of general and mental health, and for psychiatry professionals. Instruments for screening and diagnosis of ADHD in adults are available, as are effective evidence-based treatments for ADHD and its negative outcomes. More research is needed on gender differences, and in older adults with ADHD.

 


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