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Journal: IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY | Year:1389 | Volume:16 | Issue:3 (62) | Start Page:277 | End Page:277

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PREVALENCE OF ADULT ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD): TABRIZ, NORTHWEST IRAN

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 Start Page 277 | End Page 277

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 Objectives: ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER in adults (adult ADHD) is known as an important disorder. But there are few studies about it in Iran. This study was conducted to determine the frequency of adult ADHD in Tabriz, Northwest Iran. Method: Four hundred 18 to 45 years old subjects living in Tabriz, Northwestern Iran in 2009 were selected in simple random sampling by their national postal code. The subjects were evaluated by Conner's Adult ADHD Rating Scale. Results: The PREVALENCE of adult ADHD was 5.5%. The men were more probable to develop ADHD than the women (4 versus 1.5 percent; OR=2.8, P>0.05). Smoking was more common in subjects with adult ADHD (P>0.001). Marital status, birth order, educational level, and occupational status had no significant relationship with adult ADHD. History of psychiatric disorder and treatment, and alcohol drinking had similar frequency in subjects with and without adult ADHD. Conclusion: According to this preliminary study, the PREVALENCE of adult ADHD in Iran is higher than ten other countries. This high PREVALENCE would require higher attention taking by health sector managers to increase general population and also health care workers’ knowledge about this disorder.

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