What are the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), regardless of type?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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  • Onset is no later than age 12 years

  • Symptoms must be present in 2 or more situations, such as school, work, or home

  • The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning

  • Disorder does not occur exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder and is not better accounted for by mood, anxiety, dissociative, personality disorder or substance intoxication or withdrawal

In addition, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is specified by the severity based on social or occupational functional impairment: mild (minor impairment), moderate (impairment between “mild” and “severe”), severe (symptoms in excess of those required to meet diagnosis; marked impairment).


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