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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder: fact or artifact
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Daniel A. Geller, Harvard Medical School
  • Joseph Biederman, Harvard Medical School
  • Stephen V. Faraone, Harvard Medical School
  • Kathleen Cradock, Harvard Medical School
  • Lisa Hagermoser, Harvard Medical School
  • Noreen Zaman, Harvard Medical School
  • Jean A. Frazier, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Barbara J. Coffey, Harvard Medical School
  • Thomas J. Spencer, Harvard Medical School
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Department of Psychiatry
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Adolescent; Attention Deficit Disorder with; Hyperactivity; Boston; Child; Comorbidity; Diagnosis, Differential; Female; Humans; Male; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales

OBJECTIVE: To clarify whether the symptoms of inattention and distractibility commonly seen in children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) represent true comorbidity with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or a manifestation of obsessional anxiety.

METHOD: Phenotypic features and functional correlates of ADHD-like symptoms were examined in youths with and without OCD from a large sample of pediatric psychiatry patients consecutively referred since 1997.

RESULTS: The number, frequency, and types of core ADHD symptoms as well as ADHD-associated functional indices were identical in all youths with DSM-IV-diagnosed ADHD irrespective of the presence or absence of comorbid OCD.

CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that when ADHD-like symptoms are seen in youths with OCD, they reflect a true comorbid state of OCD plus ADHD and that the ADHD syndrome may be independent of OCD in comorbid youths.

DOI of Published Version
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2002 Jan;41(1):52-8. Link to article on publisher's site
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Daniel A. Geller, Joseph Biederman, Stephen V. Faraone, Kathleen Cradock, et al.. "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder: fact or artifact" Vol. 41 Iss. 1 (2002) ISSN: 0890-8567 (Linking)
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