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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been invoked to explain children's behavior for a number of years. When diagnostic criteria are not used rigorously, there is a danger that non-biologic behaviors are excused and not appropriately treated. That this illness occurred in adults was suggested by the observation that some adult drug abusers used stimulants like cocaine to relax rather than as a stimulant. When their lives were more carefully examined, the similarity to children with ADHD became apparent. While not excusing behaviors that often led to conflict with society's rules, it began to explain why otherwise rule-abiding citizens kept getting into trouble. The article reviewed here was published several years ago and emphasizes rigorously assessing required symptoms for diagnosis in adults and also helps show the way to treatment options.
--S.G. Zelenski, D.O., Ph.D., Co-Editor, R&R
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|Title Annotation:||American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry|
|Publication:||The Exceptional Parent|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2007|
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