Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

More Adults to Be Diagnosed with ADHD under DSM-5

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

More Adults to Be Diagnosed with ADHD under DSM-5

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EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE AACAP PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY UPDATE

WASHINGTON--The DSM-5 probably will make it easier to diagnose adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to Dr. Adelaide S. Robb of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University, Washington.

Adults, for instance, might need to recall symptoms from before age 12 instead of age 7, as in DSM-IV, Dr. Robb said at the meeting, sponsored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

"Right now, if you cannot remember if you had hyperactive symptoms before the age of 7 because you're 40 and you don't remember first grade, you can't get a diagnosis of ADHD." The changes are helpful, "because most adults do remember middle school," said Dr. Robb, who noted that whether the proposed change will be in the DSM-5 will not be known until publication in May.

It is likely that those over age 17 will need just five inattention or hyperactivity symptoms to be diagnosed, not the six required by the DSM-IV The updated manual will likely have better case examples for adult ADHD, such as problems at work.

"I'm pleased with what's changing for ADHD. We're going to have a better handle on grown-ups" with the condition. …

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