Harvard Mental Health Letter

Recognizing and managing ADHD in adults

Symptoms tend to evolve and attenuate with age, but may still require treatment.

Many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continue to experience symptoms after reaching adulthood. One study based on a nationally representative survey estimated that slightly more than 4% of U.S. adults meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV).

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