ADHD in adulthood

Position paper on ADHD


Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with the main symptoms being inattention, impulsiveness or hyperactivity, has long been considered a disorder limited to childhood. It is now known that ADHD can persist into adulthood in 50-80% of people with ADHD, with varying degrees of severity and symptoms, and is associated with other mental and somatic illnesses. With a prevalence of 2.5%, it is even a frequently occurring disease. ADHD is mainly caused by genetic risks and early environmental influences with an impact on brain development. At the individual patient level, however, there are different profiles in terms of etiopathogenetic, clinical, neuropsychological and brain imaging findings.



Prof. Dr. Alexandra Philipsen
Substitute Prof. Silke Lux


Fields of activity / methods


The aim of the FG is to develop innovative therapeutic approaches based on new findings on the development of symptoms in a translational - ideally personalised - approach and to make them available to patients as quickly as possible.

The main methods used in the translational FG are: genetic biomarker research, multimodal cerebral imaging (especially functional MRI), neural stimulation methods (e.g. alternating current stimulation), clinical-pharmacological and non-pharmacological studies (psychotherapy), digitalised medicine, symptom-based basic research in virtual reality.


Current projects:


  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Clinical study on evidence-based, step-by-step care of ADHD in older adolescents and young adults (ESCAlate). Funding reference number: 01EE1408D (2015 - 2021)
  • BMBF: AwareMe - Support of self-management for patients with mental behavioural disorders. Funding reference number: V5IKM052 (04/17 - 09/21)
  • BMBF: Mobile system for ADHD therapy using Transcranial Electrical Neurostimulation (Attention). Funding reference number: 13GW0273F (01/19 - 01/22)
  • MEDICE: Multimodal adult ADHD assessment by means of Virtual Reality
  • BONFOR, Instrument 2: VR-based and eyetracking-assisted attention refocusing training for ADHD patients
  • Cognitive training in ADHD (Prof. Lux)
  • Multisensory integration - a functional MRT study (PhD project M. Schulze)
  • Effect of physical activity on ADHS (PostDo Dr. Mehren)


International cooperation



Memberships (Prof. Philipsen founding member) (Prof. Philipsen scientific advisory board)


Members of the research group




  • Prof. Dr. Silke Lux
  • Dr. A. Mehren
  • Dr. Niclas Braun
  • Kyra Kannen
  • Marcel Schulze
  • Benjamin Selaskowski
  • Annika Wiebe