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A Critical Need Ignored: Inadequate Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD After Age 60

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ADHD) may flare and grow after midlife — especially when mixed with normal age-related cognitive decline, worsening physical health, and the lack of structure that often comes with retirement.

Why then, do the unique needs of this large (and growing) population of adults with ADHD remain largely ignored in diagnostic tests, accepted treatment practices, and peer-reviewed research?The status quo is not working for older patients with ADHD; we need new protocols.

Drastic clinical changes must take place to improve outcomes for underdiagnosed, undertreated, and overlooked older adults. Doctors face unique challenges when managing ADHD in this population, so professionals must take equally specialized steps to better diagnose, treat, and understand seniors with ADHD.Preliminary research is beginning to paint a picture of what ADHD looks like in adults over the age of 60.

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