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New Study: Adult ADHD Diagnosis Criteria Should Include Emotional Symptoms

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April 21, 2020Classifying attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into two subtypes based on levels of emotional dysregulation offers a more clinically relevant approach for diagnosing ADHD in adults than does the current DSM-5 criteria, according to the conclusion of a replication analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.1The replication analysis revisited a 2015 study that divided adult ADHD into two presentations: ADHD inattentive presentation and ADHD emotional dysregulation presentation, using the Wender-Reimherr Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Scale (WRAADDS).

Researchers found that defining and assessing subjects according to these two subtypes revealed cases of adult ADHD that might otherwise have been

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