ADHD is a clinical syndrome defined in the DSMIV (APA, 1994) by high levels of hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive behaviours, when they begin during early childhood, are persistent over time, pervasive across situations and lead to clinically significant impairments.The definition of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been updated in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to more accurately characterize the experience of affected adults. This revision is based on nearly two decades of research showing that ADHD, although a disorder that begins in childhood, can continue through adulthood for some people. Previous additions of DSM did not provide appropriate guidance to clinicians in diagnosing adults with the condition. By adapting criteria for adults, DSM-5 aims to ensure that children with ADHD can continue to get care throughout their lives if needed.
According to the DSM-IV, ascertaining the diagnosis of ADHD in adults involves determining the presence of ADHD symptoms during both childhood and adulthood. The DIVA-5 is the successor to DIVA 2.0, the structured Diagnostic Interview for Adult ADHD, and is based on the criteria for ADHD in DSM-5. DIVA-5 will be available in all 19 languages in which DIVA 2.0 has been translated.
As soon as a DIVA-5 in a certain language is ready the DIVA 2.0 will no longer be available on this website.
Clinical Assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Adults
European Consensus statement on diagnosis and treatment of ADHD: The European Network Adult ADHD
Evidence based guidelines for management of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in adolescents in transition to adult services and in adults: recommendations from the British Association of Psychopharmacology
The ADHD Star has been developed for use with adults of any age who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
The ADHD Child Evaluation [ACE] is a semi-structured interview developed by Professor Susan Young to support healthcare practioners in the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD.
Building on the ADHD Child Evaluation, ACE+ is a semi-structured interview developed by Professor Susan Young to support healthcare practioners in the assessment and diagnosis of adults with ADHD. ACE+ is free to download and distribute.
Treatment - Useful Tools
Diagnosis and Assessment - Useful Tools
Resources for children
See Top Tips for Parents/Carers to manage their child’s hyperactivity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vm4JdS8D4U
See Top Tips for Parents/Carers to manage their child’s anxiety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oCvKLmwhUQ
See Top Tips for Parents/Carers to manage their child’s attention problems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPNm6q6ry_0
See Top Tips for Parents/Carers to manage their child’s impulsivity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UHavMzKpyI