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(p. 67) Assessing Family History, Childhood, and Adult Development 

(p. 67) Assessing Family History, Childhood, and Adult Development
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(p. 67) Assessing Family History, Childhood, and Adult Development
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Jan Willer

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190256319.003.0007
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date: 14 October 2019

Symptoms of ADHD emerge when the environmental demands exceed the resources that the person can bring to bear. Internal and external resources change with personal circumstances, developmental level, age, and maturity. ADHD is among the most heritable mental illnesses. Prenatal and childhood risk factors impact the likelihood of ADHD developing. Challenges for children, adolescents, college-age adults, and older adults with ADHD are presented, with a special focus on emerging adults. Whether childhood ADHD remits in adulthood is discussed, as well as whether ADHD can emerge in adulthood. Clinical interview questions to diagnose whether childhood ADHD went undiagnosed are presented, including those that explore ADHD symptoms; development, emotional, and behavioral problems; and educational and learning problems.

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