A simple tool to help you differentiate between ADHD and the most common overlapping comorbidities in children
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-Dr. Laura Reale, MD, PhD, et al
Although attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and mood disturbances are distinct, pediatric patients may express common features. The table below can be used as a guideline for the differential distinctions between ADHD and mood disturbances.
This table is intended as a quick reference guide only. For full diagnostic criteria, please refer to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–V).
In patients with ADHD, the presence of psychiatric disorders should be considered in the treatment strategy.1
References:1. Reale L, Bartoli B, Cartabia M, et al. Comorbidity prevalence and treatment outcome in children and adolescents with ADHD. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017;26(12):1443-1457. 2. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2013. 3. Austerman J. ADHD and behavioral disorders: assessment, management, and an update from DSM-5. Cleveland Clinic J Med. 2015;82(suppl 1):S2-S7.