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Contempo Updates
August 4, 2004

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Clinical Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Drs Wilens, Faraone, and Biederman), Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass (Dr Faraone).


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Catherine Meyer, MD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2004;292(5):619-623. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.619

Quiz Ref IDAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent disorder estimated to affect 3% to 9% of school-aged children and approximately 4% of adults worldwide.1-3 Although in the past it was thought that ADHD did not continue beyond adolescence, long-term controlled follow-up studies have shown that the disorder persists in a sizable number of adults who had been diagnosed as having ADHD in childhood.4