Co-existing disorders in ADHD - implications for diagnosis and intervention

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It is only recently that comorbidity in ADHD has come to the forefront as one of the most important aspects of the disorder. It is agreed that, often, these problems are at least as important as ADHD in contributing to the longer term outcome in the individual child.

To provide the reader with basic information about clinics and treatment of comorbidity in ADHD.

Review of the empirically based literature.

ADHD exists in a surprisingly high frequency together with a broad range of child neuropsychiatric disorders. This is accompanied with many still unresolved treatment problems.

It would not be appropriate to develop ADHD–services where clinicians would only have expertise in ADHD as such. Anyone working with children, adolescents and adults with ADHD would need to have training in general neuropsychiatry. Further research in this field is urgently needed.


  • Christopher Gillberg
  • I Carina Gillberg
  • Peder Rasmussen
  • Björn Kadesjö
  • Henrik Anckarsäter
  • Maria Råstam
  • Mats Johnson
  • Aribert Rothenberger
  • Lena Niklasson
External organisations
  • University of Gothenburg
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychiatry


  • * Age Factors* Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity/epidemiology** Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity/therapy** Child* Diagnosis, Differential* Female* Humans* Male* Mental Disorders/classification* Mental Disorders/epidemiology** Mental Disorders/therapy*
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-92
JournalEuropean Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes