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Can you suggest how to get diagnosed with ADHD as an adult?

Can you suggest how to get diagnosed with ADHD as an adult?

Need evaluation: if you did not have symptoms of ADHD as a young child, it is unlikely to be adult ADHD. You should start with your doctor for a general check up. If nothering found,, a referral to a neuropsychologist would be warranted. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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Can you be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult if you were not as a child?

Can you be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult if you were not as a child?

Yes: It can be complicated diagnosing adhd in adults who did not have that diagnosis as a child, but it certain does happen, especially so-called inattentive adhd. On the other hand, it is important to get a thorough assessment, because other disorders such as depression and anxiety that are more common in adults sometimes create symptoms that mimic adhd. Start with a good, thorough assessment. ...Read more

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How easy is it to diagnose adhd/add in adults?

How easy is it to diagnose adhd/add in adults?

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. ...Read more

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Can you recommend any research studies which discuss ADHD medication in adult doses, and any tolerance reduction strategies? Thank you

Scholarly articles: Meta-analysis of the efficacy of methylphenidate for treating adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00406-008-0845-4. Once-daily atomoxetine for adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a 6-month, double-blind trial LA Adler, T Spencer, TE Brown Pharmacotherapy of adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a review TE Wilens, J Bi ...Read more

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Can head trauma cause ADHD in an adult?

Can head trauma cause ADHD in an adult?

Frontal damage: The frontal lobes of the brain are where we focus and attend and control behavior. Serious brain trauma can damage these frontal brain centers. Persistent problems with attention and behavior control can be an outcome of such trauma. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could a adhd/autistic [aspergers] adult, like myself, calm down when angry?

Can you tell me how could a adhd/autistic [aspergers] adult, like myself, calm down when angry?

Coping Skills: Whether you have adhd or aspergers or both you will need coping skills to utilize when stressed or angered. I suggest you find a professional is familiar with the use of coping skills in your situation. They can help you find what skills you need. ...Read more

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Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

In some ways.: Add was thought to be a disorder of children and adolescents. Now we realize it doesn't magically disappear when you turn 18. So there may be many untreated adults out there with add that they have had for years. ...Read more

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Why isn't there more research going into developing non-addictive ADHD meds for adults? Strattera (atomoxetine) doesn't seem to work for many people.

Have effective meds: There are already medications that are not addictive, such as Provigil, nuvigil, Amantadine. Even the stimulants such as methylphenidate such as EitLin and Concerta as well as amphetamines such as Adderall and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) are not addictive when prescribed for ADHD and a pAtient follows doctors instructions with regular monitoring. It is when not taken as prescribed or without monitoring addictive. ...Read more

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