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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 thru Science direct. The recent French translation of the paper can be found here. The Danish summary of the paper can be found here. Abstract Background Attention-deficit/hyperactivity…

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Impact of psychiatric comorbidities on adults with ADHD

by Prof. Dr. Iuliana Dobrescu Espen Anker, Bothild Bendiksen, Trond Heir (2018). Comorbid psychiatric disorders in a clinical sample of adults with ADHD, and associations with education, work and social characteristics: a crosssectional  study. BMJ Open. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019700. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29500213 ABSTRACT Objectives. Adults with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) report high rates of comorbid disorders, educational and…

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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 thru Science direct.

The recent French translation of the paper can be found here.

The Danish summary of the paper can be found here.

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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