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Why would I be asked about my childhood when being diagnosed with ADHD?

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While experts don't agree on an age that you can first diagnose ADHD, they do agree that people don't suddenly develop it as an adult. That's why when a doctor sees you they will ask about your behavior and any symptoms that you may have had as a child. They may also:

  • Look at school report cards. They'll look for comments about behavior problems, poor focus, lack of effort, or underachievement compared to your potential.
  • Talk with your parents to see if you had any symptoms during childhood.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Adult ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)."

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Adult ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)."

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 10, 2017

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