Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 1998 Dec;21(4):761-74, v. doi: 10.1016/s0193-953x(05)70039-3.


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is probably the most common chronic undiagnosed psychiatric disorder in adults. It is characterized by inattention and distractibility, restlessness, labile mood, quick temper, overactivity, disorganization, and impulsivity. It is always preceded by the childhood diagnosis, a disorder that is rarely inquired about, and usually overlooked. Treatment can be dramatically effective. Approximately two thirds of adult ADHD patients experience moderate-to-marked improvement with psychoeducational management and stimulant drug therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adoption / psychology
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / epidemiology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / epidemiology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / therapy
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / therapeutic use
  • Comorbidity
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales


  • Central Nervous System Stimulants