Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Kiriakos Xenitidis
  • Stefanos Maltezos
  • Philip Asherson
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


People with intellectual disability (ID) are more susceptible to mental disorders including mental illness and developmental disorders, such as autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Identification of such comorbidities is important, as it has implications for diagnosis as well as treatment and prognosis. In this chapter the association between ADHD and ID is explored. The evidence for the validity of the diagnosis of ADHD in ID is reviewed. Subsequently, the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD in the context of ID is discussed. Finally, issues of treatment and management are highlighted.


Intellectual Disability ADHD Symptom Intellectual Disability Challenging Behaviour ADHD Diagnosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiriakos Xenitidis
    • 1
  • Stefanos Maltezos
    • 1
  • Philip Asherson
    • 1
  1. 1.The Adult ADHD Service, The Maudsley HospitalLondonUK

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