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How are adults diagnosed with adhd? Do adults have the same testing to diagnose ADHD as children, or is the process different? .

How are adults diagnosed with adhd? Do adults have the same testing to diagnose ADHD as children, or is the process different?

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See answer: Diagnosis of adhd/add requires a clinical interview by an experienced professional like a psychiatrist. There is also testing that can be done but diagnosis is not based on testing alone. The process is similar in children. ...Read more

Dr. Rachel Goldstein
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Adults (Definition)

Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity begins in childhood and may continue through adulthood. Symptoms are similar: poor attention span, impulsivity and hyperactivity which is disruptive to others. Adults who present for a diagnosis must meet criteria for ADD in childhood which a careful history will support. Medical causes for symptoms ...Read more


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Who can diagnose adult ADHD and how do they do it?

Who can diagnose adult ADHD and how do they do it?

Psychiatry: Most psychiatrists & many family doctors are able to diagnose and treat adhd in adults. It is best to ask specifically about the doctor's experience when making an appointment. Neurologists also treat as do nurse practitioners in many states. The experience of the practitioner is important. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to diagnose adult adhd?

What do doctors do to diagnose adult adhd?

Testing and clinical: Testing is one way to go. It is expensive and hard to find a place to do it. For psychiatrists with experience in diagnosing add/adhd, a targeted interview investigating key symptoms, will give you a diagnosis in one hour. You can discuss also the treatment options at that time. Add in adults is widely prevalent, but it depends on the daily routine and job demands to become an obvious problem. ...Read more

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Is there a way to diagnose adult ADHD using an old (3 months) fmri? The scan was originally performed for truth verification and i'm newly diagnosed.

Is there a way to diagnose adult ADHD using an old (3 months) fmri?  The scan was originally performed for truth verification and i'm newly diagnosed.

Functional MRI's are: Not used clinically yet. What do you mean by truth verification? Like a "lie detector?" you can always take the report to your mental health providers who'll be interested, but will use dsm-iv diagnostic criteria for adhd & any comorbid conditions you may have. See chadd. Org. ...Read more

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Can my pcp diagnose adult adhd? I took a quiz for parents to assess there child for adhd. My 8yr old acts exactly like me. I see myself at her age.

Can my pcp diagnose adult adhd? I took a quiz for parents to assess there child for adhd. My 8yr old acts exactly like me. I see myself at her age.

Expert Assessment: Pcps do diagnose adhd. But diagnosing adhd requires assessing symptoms & their history and ruling out other disorders. You see adhd behavioral symptoms overlap widely w/those of other disorders -e.g., anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Also, someone may be diagnosed wadhd & other disorder(s). See psychiatrist or clinical psychologist 4 good assessment. We spend yrs training 4 this. ...Read more

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Symptoms of adult ADHD?

Symptoms of adult ADHD?

ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks. ...Read more

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How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

Not determinative: No add "test" is determinative, either for kids or adults. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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I need some advice for adult adhd?

See a professional: Get a full evaluation from a psychologist who can provide psychological testing. Prior to any medication trial make sure the diagnosis is accurate, ruling out depression and anxiety, then consider stimulant meds and ADHD coaching. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adult adhd?

There are a range of: symptoms.Not everyone has them all,but here are some: not finishing tasks or projects started,difficulty remembering appointments,difficulty paying attention,especially when doing repetitive or boring work,easily distracted by noise around you.There are often other conditions along with the ADD that need to be addressed,so please speak to your doctor and they can properly evaluate you for this. ...Read more

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Hello do you specialize in adult adhd?

General ?s on;y here: In this part of HealthTap you get to ask questions and our Doctors can choose to reply if they feel they can offer a bit of help. We have some who specialize in your concern, but you need to wait and see who replies. You can decide to pick from the crew and pay to have direct access. Go to Home page and find a Help icon to do that. Best! ...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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