Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Personality Characteristics and Comorbidity Page: 1
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is surrounded by confusion and
controversy regarding its definition, course, etiology, and treatment. While a popular
consideration for diagnosis among children, the concept of ADHD relating to adults is
quite foreign both in the literature and in the minds of clinicians. It is this confusion,
controversy, and paucity of attention toward adult ADHD that provide the inspiration for
Hyperactivity and inattention are common behavioral problems in children and
account for one half of the pediatric re:
'errals to family physicians, pediatricians, pediatric
neurologists, and child psychiatrists in North America. Hyperactivity is likewise the best
known and most researched of childhood behavioral disorders (Cohen, Becker, &
Campbell, 1990). It is estimated that /lDHD affects at least 3-5% of school aged children
(American Psychiatric Association, 1994; Biederman, Faraone et al., 1995) and is
considered a public health problem due to its impact on social, emotional, and cognitive
functioning. Its impact on society includes tremendous financial cost, stress to families,
disruption in the schools, and the potential for criminality and substance abuse
(Biederman, Faraone et al., 19951 Biederman, Newcorn, & Sprich, 1991).
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Austin, Karla Michele. Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Personality Characteristics and Comorbidity, dissertation, August 1998; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279399/m1/8/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .