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What should I do if I think I might have ADHD?

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The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor. That's because ADHD has a number of possible symptoms, and they can easily be confused with those of other conditions, like depression or anxiety.

From: Do You Have ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

SOURCES:

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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