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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. 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 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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How is inattentive ADHD diagnosed and is it treated differently than the hyperactive form of ADHD?

How is inattentive ADHD diagnosed and is it treated differently than the hyperactive form of ADHD?

Same way: ADD without hyperactivity is diagnosed using the same tools as ADHD. The distinction arises when reviewing the results of the tools administered and finding the symptoms related to impulsivity, restlessness and excessive activity are not significant while the other symptoms are. The treatment is the same for both. Many women and girls have the inattentive type and fall through the cracks because the behavioral symptoms are not drawing attention to the problem and they are simply thought to be underachievers. ...Read more

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How is ADHD diagnosed in children? How are kids diagnosed with adhd? Is there a test or screening that can tell me for sure if my child has it? .

How is ADHD diagnosed in children? How are kids diagnosed with adhd? Is there a test or screening that can tell me for sure if my child has it?

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Exclusion first: Before you diagnose adhd you must exclude a long list of other problems. The screening test is here http://www.Adhdoractivechild.Com/adhd-test but excluding the other problems that can look like adhd is an entirely different story. What are your child's symptoms? ...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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How can ADHD be diagnosed in adults?

How can ADHD be diagnosed in adults?

Same as kids: Though various questionnaires and tests can help, most important in accurate diagnosis of adhd in adults is a good clinical interview that considers other more common possibilities for the symptoms and involves obtaining data from early childhood from the patient and other sources. There's no such thing as adhd that begins in adulthood; usually when symp begin in adulthood, diagnosis is not adhd. ...Read more

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How do I get diagnosed with ADHD as adult?

How do I get diagnosed with ADHD as adult?

Ideal Option: Various other disorders can masquerade as adhd: adhd behavioral symptoms overlap widely with symptoms of other disorders such as anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Also it's possible to have adhd *and* one or more other disorders. If you want the best 4 yourself, i'd recommend getting a good psychological assessment. Ask around 4 psychs known 4 their psychological assessment skills. ...Read more

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How could i get diagnosed with ADHD or add?

How could i get diagnosed with ADHD or add?

Ideal Option: Various other disorders can masquerade as adhd: adhd behavioral symptoms overlap widely with symptoms of other disorders such as anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Also it's possible to have adhd *and* one or more other disorders. If you want the best 4 yourself, i'd recommend getting a good psychological assessment. Ask around 4 psychs known 4 their psychological assessment skills. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get diagnosed for having ADHD or not?

Can you suggest how to get diagnosed for having ADHD or not?

Eval: Adult? See a good pychologist, psychiatrist or the gold standard- neuropsychological eval. ...Read more

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My husbnd has hard time settling 4 sleep, tosses/talks for hrs in his sleep, then wakes feeling tired and angry. How can I help him? Diagnosed adhd.

My husbnd has hard time settling 4 sleep, tosses/talks for hrs in his sleep, then wakes feeling tired and angry.  How can I help him? Diagnosed adhd.

PCP can refer.: If he had been diagnosed with adhd, his symptoms are fairly common. If he is on medications for this , amphetamine salts, his sleep will also normalize. Was he tested for this? A neurologist or a psychiatrist can prescribe the right medication. He may have to try a few to find out what best help him. Your pcp can recommend him to those specialists. ...Read more

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