How can ADHD manifest in south Asian individuals?

People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity–impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development (DSM-05).

Depending on whether the individual is a child or an adult, 5 or 6 symptoms must be present according to the DSM for a diagnosis.

Critics have argued the diagnostic criteria, literature and research onADHD does not account for cultural differences. We have created culturally relevant guides and compiled literature so you know how ADHD can look like in a south Asian context.

Detecting ADHD in South Asian Individuals & Parental Expectations

How can we better detect ADHD in south Asian children? Read this guide on how ADHD is diagnosed and relevant cultural influences which impact diagnosis. We also detail the role of the DSM criteria itself, parental expectations in the south Asian culture, and the model minority myth.

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What treatment options for ADHD are Indian people more open to?

The majority of research concerning treatment of ADHD in south Asia has taken place in India. Learn about which type of treatments children in India with ADHD respond to and which types of treatments Indian parents are more open to. Due to a more similar culture, this guide may have relevancy to people of other south Asian cultures.

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ADHD in four south Asian women

This document includes the experiences of four south Asian women with ADHD. It is in their own words and we have compiled it. If you are working with a client with ADHD and they want to see themselves represented, print out this handy PDF for them to read through.

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