Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults with intellectual disability 

CR230, February 2021

This Report is in support of the College's commitment to people with Intellectual Disability who also have Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) receiving the best evidence-based care possible.

This Report is needed as we know that people with Intellectual Disability are more likely to have associated neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD. People with intellectual disability often have additional comorbid disorders that may conceal or exacerbate the signs of ADHD and, for this reason, treatments applicable in the general population may not always be appropriate in treating a person with intellectual disability. 

To fill this gap in knowledge and practice, this College Report on ADHD in adults with an intellectual disability is very welcome and timely when so much more is now understood about ADHD in general. The challenge for clinicians in supporting people with intellectual disability and ADHD is to deliver the best care based on good evidence on the effectiveness of assessment processes and treatments. This Report is a big step in supporting the achievement of this.

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