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Chapter 30: ADHD: Pathways into Addiction, Diagnosis and Pharmacotherapy
The diagnosis of ADHD in adult patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) is a relatively new concept. Although the first reports of an association between ADHD and addiction date from around 1970, only in the last two decades has the high prevalence of ADHD in SUDs patients been more systematically evaluated.
Although the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in childhood is well established, the condition has for a variety of reasons been a controversial diagnosis (Spencer et al, 1998). In view of the high prevalence of this hitherto unrecognised disorder and the possible lack of specificity of some of its ...