Adult ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral disorder that is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. This condition can have a significantly negative impact on an adult's ability to make and keep relationships and perform well at work and/or in the community in general.

Although there is no single cause for ADHD, there are a number of biological and social factors that seem to increase the risk of a person developing the disorder. ADHD affects from 2%-6% of adults. While this disorder is thought to afflict more boys than girls in childhood, it seems to occur in men and women equally. About 60% of children with ADHD continue to have some symptoms of the disorder as an adult, and about 50% continue to suffer from symptoms that are numerous and severe enough to continue to qualify for the diagnosis of ADHD.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/27/2014