Psychiatric Annals

CME Article 

Assessment and Treatment of ADHD in Adults

Nicholas Weiss, MD

Abstract

Rather than being a condition that affected children invariably "outgrow" as they mature, it is now recognized that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is common in adults. Rates vary between studies. However, it appears that in most cases, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) persists into adolescence and on into adulthood, although changing partially in its symptomatic expression.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicholas Weiss, MD, is Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, Langley Porter Hospital and Clinics, University of California, San Francisco.

Address correspondence to: Nicholas Weiss, MD, 401 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143; fax: 415-476-7163; or e-mail: Nicholas.Weiss@ucsf.edu.

Dr. Weiss has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Explain the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and diagnose the disorder in adults.
  2. Describe the risks and benefits of various classes of medications and of cognitive-behavioral therapy in adult ADHD.
  3. Discuss pharmacologic treatment for adults with uncomplicated ADHD and for adults with ADHD complicated by psychiatric and/or medical comorbidities.

Abstract

Rather than being a condition that affected children invariably "outgrow" as they mature, it is now recognized that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is common in adults. Rates vary between studies. However, it appears that in most cases, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) persists into adolescence and on into adulthood, although changing partially in its symptomatic expression.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicholas Weiss, MD, is Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, Langley Porter Hospital and Clinics, University of California, San Francisco.

Address correspondence to: Nicholas Weiss, MD, 401 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143; fax: 415-476-7163; or e-mail: Nicholas.Weiss@ucsf.edu.

Dr. Weiss has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Explain the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and diagnose the disorder in adults.
  2. Describe the risks and benefits of various classes of medications and of cognitive-behavioral therapy in adult ADHD.
  3. Discuss pharmacologic treatment for adults with uncomplicated ADHD and for adults with ADHD complicated by psychiatric and/or medical comorbidities.

10.3928/00485713-20101221-05

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