Self Diagnosis

Q:

"I have thought for years that I have ADHD. I took a stimulant and was so relaxed and calm, I went to sleep right away. Does this mean I have ADHD?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

ADHD is a serious medical disorder. It should be diagnosed and treated by a physician who knows of this disorder. There are many reasons why an adult, especially one with the multiple problems you describe about yourself, might respond by becoming calm and relaxed. See a professional and address your problem more seriously.

Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
 
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