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How can you diagnose ADHD?

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There’s no one test. Instead, doctors and psychologists get information about what and how many symptoms you have, when they started, how long they've lasted, and how severe they are. In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, you need to have several symptoms, not just one or two. And they have to have impacted your jobs, relationships, or other important areas of your life. Your doctor will also want to rule out other conditions or find out if you have more than one disorder. Several treatments can help you manage the condition. So, if you answered yes to a lot of these questions, consider making an appointment with your doctor. The sooner you find out, the sooner you can start treatment.

From: Do You Have ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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UpToDate: "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, course, assessment, and diagnosis."

HelpGuide: "Adult ADD/ADHD - Signs, Symptoms, Effects, and Treatment."

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: "Getting Evaluated."

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine: "Adult Developmental Disorders."

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Adult ADHD."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "ADHD."

UC Davis Mind Institute. , Winter 2013/2014. ADHDnews

University of California San Diego Neuropyschiatry & Behavioral Medicine: "What is ADD?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

Silver, Larry. .  ADDitude Magazine

Koretsky, Jennifer. . ADDitude Magazine

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Attention Deficit Disorder Association: "Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS-v1.1) Symptom Checklist Instructions."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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