Workup for child neuropsychiatric disorders in adults often desirable - Functional disabilities can give rise to social maladjustment
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So-called child neuropsychiatric disorders (ADHD/DAMP, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette's syndrome) are being recognized with increasing frequency in child and adolescent psychiatry. Through follow-up studies, case reports and autobiographical accounts it has become evident that these disorders often persist into adulthood, and the need for diagnostic evaluation of adults is increasing. The Neuropsychiatric Diagnostic Team for Adults in Lund, Sweden, was established in 1998 to meet this need. 228 adults, mostly 18 - 30 years old, have completed the diagnostic process, resulting in one of the above-mentioned diagnoses in 64%. 80 patients had ADHD/DAMP, 59 had autism spectrum disorders and 7 had Tourette's syndrome. The diagnostic process involves clinical interviews and observation, neuropsychological evaluation and, if possible, a parent interview. So far, the impact on quality of life of a child neuropsychiatric diagnosis received in adulthood is not known. Follow-up studies are needed.