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When to Call the Doctor About ADHD

I am an adult, and I think I have ADHD. What do I do?

If you have difficulty maintaining a job and relationships, lose things frequently, are easily distracted, and have problems with organizational skills and goal setting, talk with your doctor about ADHD.

Experts say the incidence of ADHD in children is between 3% and 12% of the population. A large proportion of these individuals may carry symptoms of ADHD into adolescence and adulthood.

Many adults are diagnosed with ADHD only after they seek help for another problem, such as anxiety, depression, or difficulty functioning at work or school. An adult ADHD diagnosis involves physical and medical exams.

With adult ADHD, the doctor will collect extensive histories from you, your relatives, and your close friends. In addition, childhood onset of ADHD symptoms will have to be documented. Like children, an adult with ADHD may receive help from professionals offering ADHD medications and behavioral therapy.

ADHD is recognized as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employees are protected under these guidelines and their work environment can be adjusted to support their needs.

Accommodations at the workplace may be necessary to reduce distraction or assist with organization and improve overall functioning.

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Reviewed by Patricia Quinn, MD on July 08, 2012

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