Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in PTSD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioural disorder characterised by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The estimated prevalence in children under 18 years in the general population is around 5%. It can persist into adulthood with an estimated prevalence of 2.5% in the adult general population.

What is the evidence for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Moderate quality evidence finds a small increase in the rate of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in people with PTSD compared to people without PTSD. The rate of PTSD was also higher in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder compared to people without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The onset of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was earlier than the onset of PTSD in these samples.

August 2021

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