How Do Doctors Diagnose Adult ADHD?


This video takes you through the doctor’s diagnosis process of adult ADHD. Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health condition resulting from a chemical imbalance in the brain. It leads to attention span, impulse control, and hyperactivity problems. These issues can make it difficult for adults with ADHD to focus on tasks at home and work, maintain relationships and be productive members of society. Adult ADHD doctors will typically start diagnosis with a physical exam.

During diagnosis, adult ADHD doctors take a thorough history of their patient and ask about specific symptoms that could signify the presence of the condition. Some of the symptoms include difficulty paying attention.

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Adults with ADHD may have trouble concentrating on tasks requiring much focus or organization. They might also struggle with following through on projects and responsibilities.

Symptoms include trouble sitting still, fidgeting, being constantly in motion, and acting without thinking. Adults often struggle with following directions, listening to others, and controlling emotions. They may lose things quickly and become disorganized. Many people with ADHD may experience trouble getting along with others because they don’t understand how others feel or why they act the way they do.


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