A 23-year-old female asked:
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how easy is it to diagnose adhd/add in adults?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Thorough eval: A number of criteria must be met to make an accurate diagnosis of ADHD/ ADD. It can present like other medical or mental conditions. A workup is necessary to ensure assessment is correct.
Answered on Apr 25, 2015
Dr. Jacob Behrens
11 years experience Psychiatry
Technically not very: Technically a diagnosis is not difficult for a treating provider to make by using DSM-5 criteria and requires a clinical history and perhaps further information from another person who can attest to this. This diagnosis is fortunately/unfortunately more controversial than others within the field and the opinion of the provider you seek may affect a diagnosis more than any other factor.
Answered on May 6, 2016
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Dr. Jacob Behrens
11 years experience Psychiatry
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my bad, title confusing. relatively easy to diagnose. Often, certain types of providers require "testing" before they are comfortable treating. this is a confusing term as it could mean many things. I would recommend working with a clinician with experience in treating adults with ADHD.
Apr 22, 2015
Dr. Alan Ali
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31 years experience Psychiatry
Adult ADHD: Fairly easy, after ruling out other medical/psychiatric conditions, through thorough history & screening tools.
Answered on Apr 23, 2015
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