The history of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2004 Jun;27(2):203-14. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2004.01.001.


Because attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) first was considered a childhood disorder, with symptoms dissipating as the person approached adulthood, any history about adult ADHD is rooted in the early descriptions of affected children. This article focuses on elements of the history of the disorder that inform the concept of adult ADHD.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / history*
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans