[On Criteria Diversity in Diagnostics of Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder]

Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr. 2016 Oct;84(S 02):S71-S73. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-113956. Epub 2016 Nov 2.
[Article in German]


The diagnosis of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) requires evidence for a persistence of core symptoms of the disorder since childhood, the differential diagnostic assessment of other psychiatric or neurologic disorders that might have elicited the current symptoms, an assessment of symptom relevance in terms of clinical impairment, as well as a survey of comorbid psychiatric disorders. Methods used within the diagnostic procedure are clinical questionnaires and interviews, personality questionnaires, and tests of intellectual and cognitive functioning. However, the diagnostic procedure is complicated by a myriad of available measures which are based on differing theoretical concepts of the disorder. These concepts and measures are summarized in the present paper, finally underscoring the significance of an integrated diagnostic master plan based on clinically relevant dimensions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Surveys and Questionnaires