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Diagnosis of ADHD, DAMP, or Disorders in ESSENCE Group 

Diagnosis of ADHD, DAMP, or Disorders in ESSENCE Group
Diagnosis of ADHD, DAMP, or Disorders in ESSENCE Group

Christopher Gillberg

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date: 31 October 2020

All children suspected of having ADHD/DAMP or another of the disorders in the ESSENCE group should be personally/individually examined by a physician and a psychologist with training in neuropsychology. Taking a detailed medical/psychiatric history from at least one parent is necessary. A limited review of this kind is often sufficient to be able to confirm or reject the diagnosis. Further examinations, including with EEG, could be necessary. Adults with previously undiagnosed ADHD/DAMP/ESSENCE will need to have access to good diagnostic and intervention services. This will lead to increasing demands – and a shift of focus – throughout general medicine and adult psychiatry.

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