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What is recommended for an accurate diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults?

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  • In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, an adult must have persistent, current symptoms that date to childhood. ADHD symptoms continue as problems into adulthood for up to half of children with ADHD. For an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will need the following: A history of the adult's behavior as a child
  • An interview with the adult's life partner, parent, close friend, or other close associate
  • A thorough physical exam that may include neurological testing
  • Psychological testing

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control. 

Searight, H. R. November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

FDA: “FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control. 

Searight, H. R. November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

FDA: “FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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