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Differential Diagnosis and Comorbid ADHD in Childhood

  • Alasdair Vance
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Abstract

Anxiety disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are both common conditions in children and adolescents. Further, there is a known significant association between them, evident in epidemiological and clinical studies (Anderson, Williams, McGee, & Silva, 1987; Biederman, Newcorn, & Sprich, 1991; Jensen et al., 2001). This chapter explores how ADHD affects the diagnosis, clinical presentation, assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. There is a particular emphasis on key differential diagnoses to consider in a comprehensive approach to assessment and composing more specific and targeted treatment plans for young people with anxiety disorders and comorbid ADHD.

Keywords

Major Depressive Disorder Anxiety Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Separation Anxiety Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsUniversity of Melbourne, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children’s HospitalMelbourneAustralia

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