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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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

What is the evidence for rates of ADHD in people with schizophrenia?

Moderate quality evidence suggests the prevalence of ADHD in children with schizophrenia is between 17% and 57%, and in adults with schizophrenia, the prevalence of ADHD ranges between 10% and 47%.

June 2020

Last updated at: 3:56 am, 16th June 2020
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