Getting an ADHD Diagnosis

Q: How does an adult get a proper diagnosis? I know I have it, I meet all the criteria. I would like to seek out medicine and therapy appropriate to my condition.

This is a timely question – and one that sooooo many people have. I’ll be honest, it can be difficult to find a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist who actually understands ADHD. They are out there, but it takes some searching. As a first step I would look at these two directories and determine if there is someone in your area that is already interested in ADHD. If not, ask your PCP if there are any in your area that he/she prefers.

https://add.org/professional-directory/

https://chadd.org/professional-directory/

While you wait for an appointment (and you might have to wait) I always tell people to learn about how ADHD presents in adults, and take some of the self-assessments. This way you will have some talking points when you get to the evaluation.

Many people freeze when a doctor looks at them and says, “What makes you think you have ADHD?”

Here are some links to check out:

https://add.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/adhd-questionnaire-ASRS111.pdf

Barkley’s tool – http://naceonline.com/AdultADHDtoolkit/assessmenttools/quickscreen.pdf

General info

https://chadd.org/for-adults/diagnosis-of-adhd-in-adults/

https://add.org/adhd-facts/

I know this is a ton of info, so take your time. As difficult as it might be, getting the diagnosis is a crucial first step in moving your life forward.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

-liz

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      • Kimberly Thompson
      • July 24, 2019
      Reply

      I know there are lots of meds out there – I see lots advertised and have always responded well to Concerta. I take 54 mg daily and it works well.

      • rdarbysmile
      • June 5, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you Liz. Glad to know you’re here.
      Ronee

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