Adults suffering from ADHD may be misdiagnosed

GPs should consider attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses in adult patients who present with anxiety, depression, cyclothymia and personality disorder, according to UK research.  

Adult patients with ADHD are being misdiagnosed and ineffectively treated for other psychiatric disorders, according to an editorial in the British Journal of Psychiatry.  

It recommends that general adult psychiatrists diagnose and treat ADHD in adults appropriately with stimulant drugs.  

Such a treatment is widespread in young children with ADHD. However, general adult psychiatry has yet to follow suit as many adult patients go unrecognised and instead receive treatments for anxiety and  depression.
 

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