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ADHD is characterized as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.1
Among other criteria that must be met for a diagnosis of ADHD, several symptoms (inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive) must be present in 2 or more settings (eg, at home, school, or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).1
Symptoms must occur often.
Note: These are not the complete diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Please see https://qandadhd.com/resourcesanddiagnosis/ diagnosticcriteria for the full diagnostic criteria. All criteria must be met for a diagnosis of ADHD, which should be based on a complete history and evaluation of the patient.1
1. American Psychiatric Association. Attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders. In: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5®). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013.
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