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June 2007

Considering Patient Needs: ADHD Core Symptoms, Coexisiting Conditions, and Social/Emotional Needs Associated With ADHD

June 01, 2007


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neuropsychiatric disorder afflicting children and adolescents in the United States. Epidemiologic studies in the United States indicate that approximately 5% of youths have ADHD.1 ADHD is characterized by the childhood onset of symptoms of inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, and motor hyperactivity that occur in more than one domain of functioning (eg, home, work, school, socially).