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DSM-5 Further Inflates Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Batstra, Laura PhD*; Frances, Allen MD

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: June 2012 - Volume 200 - Issue 6 - p 486–488
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e318257c4b6
Original Article

Since the publication of DSM-IV in 1994, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prevalence and medication use unexpectedly increased significantly. In this article, we explore the DSM-5 proposals for ADHD that are likely to further increase its prevalence. We also address the possible harmful consequences of further expansion of this already broad, defined, and inflated DSM category.

*Department of Special Needs Education and Child Care, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands; and †Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Editor’s note: Proposed DSM-5 criteria sets do not represent the final DSM-5 criteria for the disorders.

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© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.