Do adults have ADHD?: a history lesson

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Abstract

Debates on the legitimacy of a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children or adults are still raging1 2 because of a lack of understanding of the history of the disorder. Drug companies have indeed marketed the concept of adult ADHD to potential consumers1—as they did childhood ADHD to parent-teacher associations in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s—but this is only part of the story.
LanguageEnglish
Pages2241
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Volume340
Issue number7753
Early online date28 Apr 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010

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Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
History
Illegitimacy
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • medical history
  • ADHD
  • hyperactivity

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In: British Medical Journal, Vol. 340, No. 7753, 01.05.2010, p. 2241.

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