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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-28

Adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: From clinical reality toward conceptual clarity

1 Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Private Consultant Psychiatrist, Sr Lecturer UQ School of Medicine and Griffith University School of Medicine, Australia
3 Department of Clinical Psychologist, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Jyoti Prakash
Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune - 441 040, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_7_21

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There is ambiguity about the clinical picture and concept of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. Relevant literature was extracted from various search engines, analyzed, and interpreted. Available literature suggests a significant prevalence of ADHD in the adult population affecting the quality of socio-occupational functioning. Inattentiveness was more commonly present than hyperactivity–impulsivity. Frequent comorbidities with other psychiatric disorders like anxiety disorders and substance use disorders were noted. Pharmacological management and psychotherapy have been found effective in its management. ADHD is a disorder across the lifespan and fairly prevalent among adults. Greater awareness and more research are required for a better understanding of Adult ADHD and its effective management.

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