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(p. 15) Adult ADHD Symptoms 

(p. 15) Adult ADHD Symptoms
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(p. 15) Adult ADHD Symptoms
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Jan Willer

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190256319.003.0002
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date: 14 October 2019

Understanding the symptoms of adult ADHD is an essential starting place. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders symptoms of ADHD are reviewed, including inattention/distractibility, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity, as well as other adult ADHD symptoms that have been well documented in multiple research studies. Suggested interview questions for each symptom are presented. Additional adult ADHD symptoms include executive functioning deficits, emotional dysregulation, atypical reward sensitivity, and time perception differences. Sluggish cognitive tempo is also defined and a case example given. Last, progress towards a new definition of ADHD is presented, and the practicalities of diagnosing ADHD using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, are discussed.

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