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DSM-5 Age Change For ADHD Onset Criterion Validated

 In the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, the age of onset criterion for

attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

was changed from 7, where it was placed in DSM-IV, to 12.

The writers said they changed the age to reflect the importance of clinical presentation during childhood for accurate diagnosis, while also acknowledging the difficulties in establishing precise childhood onset retrospectively. A recent paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry says it has validated that decision.

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Published By: Science 2.0 - Monday, 14 July, 2014

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