Changes in the Diagnosis

by Victoria Bennett


There have been many changes in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. The diagnosis of ADHD was first introduced in the DSM-III-R (1987); however in the DSM-III (1980), it was known as ADD with or without Hyperactivity. In 1994, there was evidence that supported the introduction of subtypes within the diagnosis of ADHD (Lange, Reichl, Lange, Tucha & Tucha, 2010). Currently, there is some evidence that suggests that ADHD persists into adulthood. Consequently, that evidence is being taken into account with the DSM-5, which is currently still under revision (Coghill & Seth, 2011).

This section will focus on the changes in the diagnosis, from 1970 to the present. / Image from Primary Psychiatry

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