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Pearls of Wisdom From Elevate 2018

April 11, 2018
Detecting and Diagnosing ADHD in Adults

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) becomes evident in adults as the external supports from childhood decline and environmental demands of adulthood increase, said Craig B.H. Surman, MD, Scientific Coordinator, Adult ADHD Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

With multiple other conditions complicating the diagnosis of adult ADHD, Dr. Surman said the best tool clinicians can arm themselves with is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Among screening tools, he recommends the World Health Organization's Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS), which he said is easy to implement.

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