Are concerns about DSM-5 ADHD criteria supported by empirical evidence?BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7072 (Published 27 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7072
- Samuele Cortese, child neuropsychiatrist1
- 1Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK
Thomas and colleagues are worried about the recent change in the maximum age of symptom onset in the diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from 7 years in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) to 12 years in DSM-5.1 2 3 They think that this change may increase “the risk of confusing ADHD with normal developmental processes, such as pubertal restlessness and distractibility.” Although it …
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