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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About ADHD

Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with ADHD, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

1. Can some other conditions be misdiagnosed as ADHD? If so, which ones? Have they been ruled out?

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2. What could have caused it? Is ADHD inherited?

3. Is medicine necessary? Are there alternative treatments?

4. If medicine is needed, how does the medicine work? What are the side effects? Is long-term use harmful?

5. Could an exercise program help me?

6. Do people outgrow ADHD?

7. How will ADHD affect me? Where can I learn more about how to live with ADHD?

8. What, if any, special accommodations do you recommend for school, home, or work?

9. How often do I need to come for an office visit?

10. How can I explain ADHD to my friends, relatives, and coworkers?

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Reviewed by Patricia Quinn, MD on May 03, 2012

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