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Can you have ADHD as an adult if you weren't diagnosed with it as a child?

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You can have adult ADHD even though you weren't diagnosed as child, but you had to have ADHD symptoms before age 12. It's possible you didn't get a diagnosis when you were a kid because you had a mild form of the condition or your parents or teachers didn't recognize your symptoms. Some people are able to overcome their symptoms as children, only to find that the demands of adulthood make it harder.

From: Adult ADHD Myths and Facts WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

ADDitude -- Inside the ADHD Mind: "Adult ADHD Treatment Options -- An Overview."

BMC Psychiatry : "Personality profiles in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)." HelpGuide: "ADHD in Adults."

Journal of Family Practice : "Adult ADHD: Addressing a unique set of challenges."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Could I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?" National Resource Center on ADHD, A Program of CHADD: "Diagnosis of ADHD in Adults."

NYU Langone Health: "Diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 08, 2019

SOURCES:

ADDitude -- Inside the ADHD Mind: "Adult ADHD Treatment Options -- An Overview."

BMC Psychiatry : "Personality profiles in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)." HelpGuide: "ADHD in Adults."

Journal of Family Practice : "Adult ADHD: Addressing a unique set of challenges."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Could I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?" National Resource Center on ADHD, A Program of CHADD: "Diagnosis of ADHD in Adults."

NYU Langone Health: "Diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 08, 2019

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