Advanced Search
Current and Breaking News for Professionals, Consumers and Media



Click here to learn how to advertise on this site and for ad rates.

ADHD Author: Staff Editor Last Updated: Sep 7, 2017 - 10:06:33 PM



Wider Definition of ADHD Could Benefit More People with Symptoms

By Staff Editor
May 6, 2013 - 1:25:01 PM



Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Ezine
For Email Marketing you can trust


Email this article
 Printer friendly page

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Getting diagnosed and treated for attention deficient/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is about to get easier for the more than 13 million people who struggle with distractibility and other symptoms.

In May, changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will broaden the definition and diagnosis of ADHD, a disorder that affects an estimated 7 percent of school-aged children.

The criteria changes will better describe the course of symptoms over a lifetime, says Dr. James Norcross, a UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrist who specializes in child and teen conditions.

"Research demonstrates that symptoms of ADHD do not go away when a person reaches adulthood; however, they can manifest in different ways," he says. "Adults generally do not struggle with hyperactivity, but they do have issues with disorganization, inattention, and impulsivity."

Under the proposed criteria, symptoms can appear any time before age 12 instead of age 7. Also, the number of symptoms required for an ADHD diagnosis will be reduced from six to five.

Another significant change will be in how ADHD is classified in the manual. Instead of being grouped with conduct and oppositional defiant disorders, it will be grouped with neurodevelopment disorders. Classifying it as a neurodevelopment disorder more appropriately describes the etiology and progression across one's lifetime, Dr. Norcross says.

"It also is very important to have a detailed assessment from a qualified professional to confirm the diagnosis, as symptoms can overlap with other disorders," he says.

Visit www.utswmedicine.org/conditions-specialties/pediatrics to learn more about UT Southwestern's clinical services in pediatrics.


May is Mental Health Month.


###

For advertising and promotion on HealthNewsDigest.com, call or email Mike McCurdy at: 877-634-9180 or [email protected] are syndicated worldwide and have over 7,000 journalists as subscribers who may use our content for their own media.

 



Top of Page

HealthNewsDigest.com

ADHD
Latest Headlines


+ Helping Children with ADHD Thrive in the Classroom
+ Brain Imaging Reveals ADHD as a Collection of Different Disorders
+ Keeping Harsh Punishment in Check Helps Kids with ADHD
+ Neurofeedback as an Alternative to Medication for ADHD
+ Children with ADHD Likely to Have Touch-Processing Abnormalities
+ Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Autism, ADHD
+ UF Study Raises Questions About Overmedicating Young Children Diagnosed with ADHD
+ Motor Vehicle Crash Risk for Teens with ADHD Much Lower than Previously Reported
+ Cannabis Extracts Associated With Reduced ADHD Symptoms
+ Athletes with ADHD More Likely to Choose Team Sports, Could Increase Injury Risk



Contact Us | Job Listings | Help | Site Map | About Us
Advertising Information | HND Press Release | Submit Information | Disclaimer

Site hosted by Sanchez Productions