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ADHD Awareness Month 2023: Contrasting ADHD Then Vs. Now

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September 28, 2023Then: ADHD is a behavioral disorder.Now: “ADHD is a cognitive disorder, a developmental impairment of executive functions.” — Thomas E.

Brown, Ph.D.Then: ADHD is hyperactivity and impulsivity.Now: ADHD is emotional dysregulation and executive dysfunction. — Russell Barkley, Ph.D.Then: ADHD is deficient attention.Now: “The hallmark of the ADHD nervous system is not attention deficit, but inconsistent attention.” — William Dodson, M.D.Then: Adult women can’t have ADHD.Now: ADHD is a highly impairing and potentially dangerous condition for girls and women. — Ellen Littman, Ph.D.ADHD as we know it was different 25 years ago.

The topic of adult ADHD was barred from major national conferences on the condition. Virtually no screenings for ADHD took place after puberty.

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