Mood Emot 2019 Nov; 17(3): 71-79
Screening for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among Korean College Students: Prevalence, Correlates and Comorbidities
Hangoeunbi Kang, MD, Bo-Hyun Yoon, MD, PhD, Kyung-Min Kim, MD, Ha Ran Jung, MD, Yu Ran Jeong, MD, Hyun Ju Yun, MD, Jye-Heon Song, MD, Su Hee Park, MD, Young-Hwa Sea, MD
Department of Psychiatry, Naju National Hospital, Naju, Korea
Correspondence to: Bo-Hyun Yoon, MD, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, Naju National Hospital, 1328-31 Senam-ro, Sanpo-myeon, Naju 58213, Korea
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Received: July 20, 2019; Revised: August 28, 2019; Accepted: September 26, 2019; Published online: November 30, 2019.
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Background: The aim of this study was to screen Korean college students for correlates, and comorbidities associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Methods: A total of 2,593 college students participated in the study. Socio-demographic and clinical data were collected and self-report scales, such as the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-Version 1.1, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, the Korean version of the Mood Disorder, a modified Korean version of the 16-item Prodromal Questionnaire, and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test were included. Students with and without ADHD were compared using univariable analyses, and the association of ADHD with other psychiatric comorbidities was predicted using multivariable analyses.
Results: Of the total participants, 4.7% were diagnosed with ADHD. Multivariable analysis revealed that ADHD in college students was significantly associated with depression, psychotic-like experience, alcohol abuse, and female sex after adjustment. We found that ADHD in young college students was associated with several psychiatric comorbidities.
Conclusion: These results suggest the need for early detection of ADHD in young adults and highlight the importance of implementing early psychiatric intervention for problems such as depression, psychotic-like experience, and alcohol abuse in adults with ADHD.
Keywords: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Depression; Psychotic-Like Experience; Alcoholism

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