ADHD

Question
Posted by: David | 2010/09/30

Q.

ADHD

I would like to know if ADHD can be called a ''''disorder'''', or the DSM IV state, or is it merely a problem that some individuals find challenging to keep undercontrol?

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert

Dear David,

According to the DSM IV ADHD is classified as a disorder (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder).

Labels are generally used as a means to describe shortly and accurately the difficulty a person may be facing.

It is important to remember that for a 'problem' to be diagnosed within the guidelines of the DSM it has to cause significant distress and hamper daily living.

I hope this clarifies.
Delia

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