The ADHD Diagnosis Guide

Secrets to an Accurate Assessment

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    The Essentials
    What ADHD Is and What It Is Not
    What your doctor needs to know to rule out related conditions and to pinpoint ADHD. More...
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    Brain Imaging
    What You Need to Know About SPECT Scans
    Dr. Daniel Amen has performed more than 94,000 brain scans. Here, he discusses how SPECT scans have changed the way Amen Clinics diagnoses and treats people with ADHD. More...
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    The New ADHD
    What We Understand About ADD Now
    What's new about ADHD? A lot, according to Yale professor Thomas Brown, Ph.D. You'll think differently about the condition once you get all the facts. More...
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    Step-by-Step
    The Right Way to Get the Right Diagnosis
    Unlike diabetes or heart disease, ADHD can’t be detected with a blood test or scan. Here's the best way to get an accurate diagnosis. More...
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    Picking the Right Professional
    Who Can Diagnose ADHD?
    Titles and job descriptions can be confusing, especially in the alphabet soup of PhDs, M.D.s, LCSWs and others. What difference does it make? More...
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    Evaluation Problems
    8 Reasons Adult ADD Is Misdiagnosed
    Doctors often mistake ADHD symptoms in adults for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other conditions with overlapping symptoms. Here's why. More...
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    Resource Guide
    Index of Related Conditions
    Find additional information about learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, depression, tics, OCD, and other conditions related to ADHD. More...
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    18 Warning Signs
    A Symptom Checklist
    How to know whether those personality 'quirks' — talkativeness, forgetfulness, unintentional rudeness — are actually signs of ADHD. More...
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    How to Evaluate Experts
    5 Questions Your Doctor Must Answer
    How many clients with ADHD have you treated? How long have you been working with ADD adults? And other essential screening questions. More...
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    What Now?
    Next Steps After a Diagnosis
    An ADHD diagnosis is equal parts frightening, liberating, and confusing. Here's how to come to terms with your new reality, and move forward with a treatment plan. More...
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    Moving Forward
    Answers to Essential Post-Diagnosis Questions
    Do I tell my boss? What are my legal rights? Answers all of your questions after a diagnosis, and where to start figuring out how to treat adult ADHD. More...
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    ADHD Myths & Realities
    Talking to Family and Friends
    Help friends and family understand that ADHD is a real disorder with real symptoms and real solutions. More...
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    Step-by-Step Guide
    Find or Start an ADHD Support Group
    Help combat negative perceptions of ADHD and share coping strategies that work by starting a local support group of your own! More...
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    Life Story
    "Now, I'm Doing Adulthood Right!"
    Living with undiagnosed ADHD trained me to feel inept. In grown-up situations, I never expected to be taken seriously. More...
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    What ADHD Feels Like
    Readers Share Their Stories
    We asked readers to describe their daily life with ADHD. They responded with humor, frustration, and honesty. More...