Hippocrates of Kos (460-375 BC) attributed a condition comparable to ADHD to an "overbalance of fire and water".
1775 Dr Melchior Adam Weikard of Bruckenau discussed 'inattentive people who 'know a little bit of all but nothing of the whole'.
1798 Sir Alexander Crichton (Westminster Hospital) described a mental state much like an inattentive subtype of ADHD.
1845 Dr. Heinrich Hoffman of Frankfurt coined the term Hyperkinetic Syndrome for 'naughty restless children growing still more rude and wild'.
1902 Sir George Still of King's College Hospital, London documented cases of impulsive behaviour, and called the condition Defect of Moral Control.
1922 ADHD-like symptoms were diagnosed as Minimal Brain Damage by the eugenicist Dr. Alfred Tredgold of Royal Surrey County Hospital. (The terms Minimal Brain Dysfunction and Hyperkinetic Disorder of Childhood were later used for this condition)
1931 Drs. E.A. Bond and K.E. Appel of the Pennsylvania Hospital discussed the treatment of ADHD-like symptoms diagnosed since the 1920s as Post-Encephalitic Behaviour Disorder
1937 Children with ADHD-like symptoms were treated with stimulant Benzedrine by Dr. Charles Bradley of Babies Hospital, New York.
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1961 Ritalin gained FDA approval for treating hyperactive children. During 1960s, stimulants were increasingly used to treat such hyperactivity.
1970s. More symptoms recognized, including impulsiveness (verbal, cognitive, or motor), lack of focus, and daydreaming.
1980 Name Attention Deficit Disorder invented by American Psychiatric Association.
1987 Name in USA revised to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
1996 Adderall was approved to treat ADHD
1998 American Medical Association stated that ADHD was one of the most researched "disorders"
The Massachussetts Institute of Technology (Dr. Joseph Biederman) and Columbia University (Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman) are regarded by the psychiatry profession as leading centres for research into the diagnosis and treatment of ADD as a supposed medical condition,
Many successful people of the past and present have been thought to be Attention Deficit and neurodiverse, including Albert Einstein, John F.Kennedy, Walt Disney, and many entertainers and athletes,
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