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ADHD – A Profile

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic, lifelong disorder with childhood onset, which seriously impairs the affected adults in a variety of daily living functions including:

• educational
• occupational functioning
• partnership
• parenting

ADHD is associated with a high percentage of other psychiatric disorders.

As an adult between 65–89% of all patients with ADHD suffer from one or more additional psychiatric disorders including:

• mood and anxiety disorders
• substance use disorders
• personality disorders mainly anti-social

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterised by chronic problems in attention and impulse control, age-inappropriate hyperactive behavior as well as emotional dysregulation like temper outbursts or mood swings.

A significant proportion of patients with the disorder also present with one or more additional psychological conditions.

The high percentage of comorbid psychiatric disorders in adults with ADHD is similar to the findings for children in which ADHD is associated in about 60–100% of all cases.

These include oppositional defiant disorders in 50–60%,
depressive syndromes in 16–26 % and
anxiety disorders in about 15% of all children with ADHD as

Also present are tic disorders and developmental disorders like reading and spelling disorders

The presence of comorbid disorders in adults with ADHD can create a stronger overall impairment with a poorer outcome and greater resistance to treatment as well as higher costs of illness.

All retrospective studies evaluating the lifetime prevalence of major depression consistently show that 35–50% of all adult individuals with ADHD suffer from one or more depressive episodes during the assessed lifespan a percentage which is higher than the risk in the general population of about

Dr. Harvey G. Davisson, Ph.D., LMFT, C.HT. has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist for the past 35 years and includes over 100,000 clients. His practice is composed primarily of referrals from other professionals and successful clients.

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