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Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2004 Mar-Apr;54(3-4):124-36.

[Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHS) in adulthood].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck.


The attention-deficit-/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) are the most common psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. ADHD persists in 30 - 50 % into the adulthood. Attention problems were found to be more persistent than hyperactivity and impulsivity. Many of the symptoms classified as ADHD symptoms of inattention are actually symptoms of executive function impairments. Assessment and differential diagnosis of adult ADD/ADHD may be difficult, because of a high rate of comorbidity. This article gives an overview about the impairments caused by attention-deficits, the clinical picture, the problems of diagnosis, the pharmacotherapy, the psychotherapy and comorbidity of ADHD in adults.

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