Are ADHD/I and ADHD/C the Same or Different? Does It Matter?

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  • William E. Pelham Jr.

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Address correspondence to William E. Pelham, Jr., Department of Psychology, SUNY-Buffalo, 318 Diefendorf Hall, 3435 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214.

Abstract

Milich, Balentine, and Lynam have produced a high-quality analysis of the relationship between the inattentive and combined subtypes of ADHD. Although the debate over whether the predominantly inattentive type should be considered as a separate disorder is a current hot topic, this commentary concerns a broader issue: how important is this issue? I argue that DS/I/I diagnoses are unimportant when treating an individual child and that assessment and treatment should focus on careful functional analysis of impairment rather than on symptom counts.

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