The Evolution of the ADHD Diagnosis and its Implications for DSM-5

The diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has changed greatly through the years. A century ago, it didn’t even exist. One of the first references to children who were unable to concentrate, hyperactive and displayed problems with learning was in 1902 [1]. DSM-I made no reference to the diagnosis. The closest diagnosis clinicians could cite was Minimal Brain Dysfunction [2], which was used to describe children who had hyperactive and impulsive behavior. The syndrome was thought to be of organic etiology.

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Author: Balkozar Adam

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