ADHD Diagnosis in Adults

How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?

Could you have adult ADHD? In this 8-part guide, you’ll find expert answers to the questions that will help you make key decisions about seeking a diagnosis.

SYMPTOMS: What signs and symptoms point to ADHD in adults?

A: If you have adult ADHD, you may find it hard to remember information, organize tasks, finish work on time… | Keep reading on WebMD »

SUBTYPES: What are the key differences between inattentive, hyperactive, and combined-type ADHD in adults?

A: The three types of ADHD are primarily hyperactive and impulsive, primarily inattentive, and combined. Each presentation is… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

INATTENTIVE: What signs of inattentive ADHD in adults are commonly overlooked or mistaken?

A: The first overlooked sign of inattentive ADHD is difficulty completing tasks. People with inattentive ADHD are… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

THE ADHD BRAIN: What should I understand about how the ADHD brain is wired?

A: The ADHD nervous system regulates attention and emotions in different ways than the nervous system in those without… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS: What should I know about executive dysfunction and its relationship to ADHD?

A: The cognitive skills that help us plan, prioritize, and execute complex tasks are commonly tied to ADHD… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

NEUROSCIENCE: How does the neurology of ADHD help explain my challenges?

A: The ADHD nervous system is rarely at rest. It always wants to be engaged in something interesting and…” | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “I Branded Myself a Misunderstood Freak. But It Was ADHD All Along.”

“The psychologist listened as I spoke about my life. He then gave me that look people often give when I talk at 200 mph and asked, ‘What do you do when you’re calm?’ ‘I’m never calm!’ I told him, genuinely dumbfounded by this revelation.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »



Could your disorganization, poor memory, hypersensitivity, and financial struggles be due to ADHD? | Take the self-test on ADDitude »


Symptoms can show up as procrastination and difficulty sustaining attention. | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

8-Part Guide to ADHD Diagnosis in Adults, from WebMD x ADDitude:

> DECISION 1: How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?
DECISION 2: How can I understand the aspects of ADHD that might be new to my doctor?
DECISION 3: How can I improve my odds of an accurate ADHD evaluation?
DECISION 4: How can I find a professional to diagnose and treat my ADHD?
DECISION 5: What should a thorough evaluation for adult ADHD include and exclude?
DECISION 6: How can I be sure my ADHD evaluation screens for psychiatric comorbidities?
DECISION 7: How can I be sure my ADHD evaluation considers look-alike comorbidities?
DECISION 8: Should I also be screened for the sleep, eating, or other disorders?