Diagnosing and treating ADHD in adults

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder with the core symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It can persist into adulthood for 65% of children with ADHD. Impulsivity and inattention are the most common symptoms.1,2 The prevalence of ADHD in adults is 4.4% worldwide, and it can significantly impact adults' social and occupational functioning.3,4 These individuals may also have problems with substance use, reckless driving, and difficulty with decision making.5-7 It is important for primary care providers to identify and treat ADHD in adults to improve quality of life for these patients.
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