Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Primary Care
Abstract

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common impairing psychiatric condition affecting large numbers of children and adolescents. Core features of ADHD are a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that is frequently displayed and more severe than that observed in individuals with a similar developmental level. Patients with ADHD experience significant functional problems that include school difficulties, academic underachievement, troublesome interpersonal relationships, low self-esteem and diminished quality of life. Symptoms of the disorder are typically present before the age of 7 and frequently persist into adulthood. Early recognition assessment and appropriate treatment of this condition can often improve the educational and psychosocial development of these children and adolescents.

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