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ADHD in Adults (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Adult ADHD

Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can have a negative impact on the life of the sufferer. Some commonly reported problems include the following:

  • Friendship, dating, and marital instability
  • Academic, vocational, and extracurricular (for example, in athletic, club, or volunteer activities) success below what is expected based on intelligence and education
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Atypical responses to psychoactive medications
  • Antisocial personality
  • Depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem

Adult ADHD is diagnosed based on determining the presence of symptoms during childhood, establishing a long-term pattern, and demonstrating current impairment. This information can be gathered from interviewing parents, friends, siblings, and spouses or partners, as well as from screening tools, including rating scales and self-reports.


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