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How Is Adult ADHD Diagnosed?

I think I might have adult ADHD. How is adult ADHD diagnosed?
 

 
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can have different symptoms for different adults. Some adults with the condition are very active, make a lot of noise, or talk a lot. Others may be able to sit still, but have a hard time paying attention for more than a few minutes. Some have difficulty controlling their impulses.
 
It can be hard to tell if you have adult ADHD or if you are just experiencing normal feelings and exhibiting normal behaviors. For instance, nobody likes to sit in a chair and listen to a boring speaker for an extended period of time. Most people dislike cleaning and organizing their home. Almost all people can feel overwhelmed when required to tackle a large or complicated project. However, for adults with ADHD, difficulty with inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity is more severe and interferes with daily life.  
 
There are specific criteria in the form of certain symptoms that are used to diagnose adult ADHD. You need to meet a certain number of these criteria, and the symptoms must have been present before the age of 12 in order to qualify for a diagnosis. Your healthcare professional can diagnose you. You may want to contact a psychologist or a mental health professional who works with ADHD in adults to talk about your concerns or to get a second opinion.
 
You may also want to talk about behavioral therapy in addition to the standard treatment with medications, which can help you learn about ways to solve some of these problems. 
 
(Click 9 Signs You May Have Inattentive Type Adult ADHD and 9 Signs You May Have Hyperactive-Impulsive Type Adult ADHD for more information about the diagnostic criteria for adult ADHD.) 
 
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