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Prevalence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in older adults in the Netherlands

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Marieke Michielsen1, Evert Semeijn1, Hannie C. Comijs2, Peter van de Ven3, Aartjan T. F. Beekman2, Dorly J. H. Deeg4, J. J. Sandra Kooij5

1
EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, and Expertise Centre Adult ADHD, PsyQ, The Hague
2
EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
3
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
4
EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
5
Expertise Centre Adult ADHD, PsyQ, The Hague, The Netherlands

The British Journal of Psychiatry

October 2012


Abstract:

Background: Little is known about the prevalence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among older adults.

Aims: To estimate the prevalence of the syndromatic and symptomatic DSM-IV ADHD diagnosis in older adults in The Netherlands.

Method: Data were used from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). At baseline, 1494 participants were screened with an ADHD questionnaire and in 231 respondents a structured diagnostic interview was administered. The weighted prevalence of ADHD was calculated.

Results: The estimated prevalence rate of syndromatic ADHD in older adults was 2.8%; for symptomatic ADHD the rate was 4.2%. Younger elderly adults (60–70 years) reported significantly more ADHD symptoms than older elderly adults (71–94 years).

Conclusions This is the first epidemiological study on ADHD in older persons. With a prevalence of 2.8% the study demonstrates that ADHD does not fade or disappear in adulthood and that it is a topic very much worthy of further study.


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