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Psychiatric Briefs

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2002;4(3):116-120

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As the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) becomes increasingly common, efforts to characterize its nosology, pathophysiology, and treatment abound. The ADHD-Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatments postulates that ADHD actually should be placed in the continuum of disorders known as pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs). Behavioral characteristics of those with PDDs (including autism and Asperger’s disorder) are noted to be similar in many ways to ADHD characteristics.​