Do adults have ADHD? a history lesson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2241
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Issue number7753
Early online date28 Apr 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • medical history
  • ADHD
  • hyperactivity


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