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Screening for ADHD in Adults
Although the hyperactive and impulsive symptoms usually improve as children age, at least one-third of all children with ADHD continue to exhibit some symptoms into adulthood. Often adults can also be diagnosed with ADHD and ADD. That means that there are probably quite a few adults who haven't yet been diagnosed with ADHD who might benefit from evaluation and treatment. The evaluation of adults with ADHD is not as well established as it is in children but has matured over the last 10 years. In general, it involves a complete developmental history, symptom review, objective assessment of intentional deficits, medication review, and evaluation of other mental-health disorders. Some of these tools include the Childhood Symptom Scale, the Wender Utah Rating Scale, the Adult ADHD Rating Scale and Symptom Checklist, and the Connors Adult ADHD Rating Scale. If this initial evaluation is unclear, patients should be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist for more complete study. There are a number of medical conditions that can mimic ADHD symptoms in adults, including thyroid disease, liver disease, and some drug interactions, each of which is considered when evaluating an adult for ADHD.
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