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There are two systems of international classification criteria for diagnosing ADHD
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Our findings further indicated that the reports of clinic-referred adults who are in their 30s or older about themselves or those provided by others who know them well concerning ADHD symptoms are likely to be impressively correlated with reports within each of these sources about degree of impairment (s = .70-.80). These relationships are strong whether they pertain to current functioning or to recall of childhood functioning. Such severity, especially at clinically elevated levels (4 or more symptoms), is highly likely to be associated with risk of impairment in one or more major life activities (100% are impaired). The results for children followed to adulthood are somewhat lower but still show significant relationships between severity of ADHD and the severity and pervasiveness of impairments.

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with the DSM-IV criteria for ADHD, we noted that 5 of the 9 symptoms of inattention could also be applied for CI (symptoms 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 as follows).


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Given the lack of empirical evidence supporting the age of onset criterion, as well as practical difficulties in demonstrating impairment prior to age 7-years-old in older adolescents and adults, some argued that the criterion should be abandoned or redefined to include the broader period of adolescence (ages 12 to 14-years-old) (Barkley & Biederman, 1997). The suggestion is not as radical as it may first appear. Consider that most mental disorders do not have a criterion requiring such an explicit age of onset for symptoms or impairment, if they have any at all. This state of affairs applies as well to other developmental disorders known to commonly arise in childhood, such as the specific developmental disorders (no age of onset), mental retardation (onset before 18-years-old), tic disorders and Tourette's syndrome (onset before 18-years-old), and Asperger's disorder (none). Even though such disorders are considered to be as much or even more "developmental" in nature as ADHD, and that most cases have their onset in childhood, an age of onset is either not required for them or is quite broadly construed (e.g., before age 18-years-old). A case can now easily be made that ADHD is just as deserving of such liberal treatment concerning this diagnostic criterion, as are the other developmental disorders. A further point in favor of broadening or abandoning an age of onset requirement for ADHD rests in the fact that there never existed a compelling rationale or empirical foundation for inserting this diagnostic criterion into the DSM. This criterion did not exist in DSM-II for the predecessor of this disorder (hyperkinetic reaction) and its insertion into DSM-III was based solely on committee consensus alone without benefit of an empirical field trial. Its retention across DSM-III-R and IV appears to have been based more on a sense of tradition than on any empirical foundation for its diagnostic validity or utility.

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There are other diagnostic classification systems. The World Health Organization has developed the ICD, which is the International Classification of Diseases. The ICD is on version 10. They have different diagnoses, and the equivalent diagnosis for ADHD in the ICD is hyperkinetic disorder (HKD). HKD refers to a more limited view of ADHD symptoms than the DSM diagnosis.

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Now let’s go through the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. There are two main categories for the diagnosis: Inattention and Hyperactivity/Impulsivity.

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For the inattentive criteria: there are nine symptoms (criteria) for inattention. To meet the diagnosis an individual has to have six or more of these symptoms. The symptoms have to be present for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with their developmental level.

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So those are the core criteria for inattention and hyperactivity impulsivity. Now there are further criteria. The DSM further states that there have to be some symptoms that caused impairment before the age of seven years old. This is to help eliminate the concern that at the age of 27 because of other factors an individual finds they’re having trouble with concentration and that may be related to depression or anxiety or something else and not ADHD.

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Other criteria include some impairment from the symptoms as present in two or more settings. It is important to see symptoms present in home and school, for example. Because if the symptoms are only present in one setting – then there is a problem with that one setting, and not necessarily a diagnosis of ADHD.