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Do adults have ADHD? : a history lesson

Smith, Matthew (2010) Do adults have ADHD? : a history lesson. British Medical Journal, 340 (7753). p. 2241. ISSN 0959-8138

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Debates on the legitimacy of a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children or adults are still raging1 2 because of a lack of understanding of the history of the disorder. Drug companies have indeed marketed the concept of adult ADHD to potential consumers1—as they did childhood ADHD to parent-teacher associations in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s—but this is only part of the story.