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July 2016

Can Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Onset Occur in Adulthood?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
  • 2K. G. Jebsen Centre for Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

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JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(7):655-656. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0400

In this issue of JAMA Psychiatry, 2 large, longitudinal, population studies from Brazil1 and the United Kingdom2 propose a paradigmatic shift in our understanding of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They conclude, not only that the onset of ADHD can occur in adulthood, but that childhood-onset and adult-onset ADHD may be distinct syndromes.