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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Overview
    Author: Stephen Soreff, MD President of Education Initiatives, Nottingham, NH; Faculty, Boston University, Boston, MA and Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH
    Medscape Medical News
    February 4, 2014
    Posted March 4, 2014

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental condition of inattention and distractibility, with or without accompanying hyperactivity. In the past, various terms were used to describe this condition, including hyperactive syndrome and, from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-III), "minimal brain dysfunction." In the revised DSM-III, this condition was renamed ADHD. In the DSM-IV-TR, adults or children must have had an onset of symptoms before age 7 years that caused significant social or academic impairment. More recently, attention has focused on adult forms of ADHD, which probably have been underdiagnosed.



    This overview is written as a clinician's reference. It should not be used to diagnose an illness,which should always be done by a competent medical professional.
    Due to its length, a copy of the entire article (6 pages) is attached for download / viewing / printing.
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