ADHD Adults

How can I understand the aspects of ADHD that might be new or unfamiliar to my doctor?

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.

RSD: Is rejection sensitive dysphoria a symptom of ADHD?

A: Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is not a medical diagnosis, but a way of describing certain symptoms associated with ADHD… | Keep reading on WebMD »

EMOTIONS: Is emotional dysregulation a symptom of ADHD?

A: Emotional dysregulation is a term used to describe an emotional response that is poorly regulated and does not fall within… | Keep reading on WebMD »

ADHD+: How does the idea of ‘complex ADHD’ change diagnosis and treatment?

A: Two out of three people with ADHD have one or more other problems with learning, behavior, or mood. Doctors call this cluster of conditions… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

DESR: Is deficient emotional self-regulation (DESR) a symptom of ADHD?

A: Though it is not included in the diagnostic criteria, DESR is a core facet of ADHD that carries significant consequences… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

HYPERFOCUS: What explains the phenomenon of ADHD hyperfocus?

A: Like distractibility, hyperfocus is thought to result from abnormally low levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ANGER: How is ADHD tied to irritability, anger issues, and emotional dysregulation?

A: These problems walk in lock step with the general difficulties in self-regulation that characterize ADHD… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “How Does RSD Really, Actually Feel?”

“Sometimes, rejection sensitive dysphoria hits like a physical punch. The air leaves my lungs because of the hurt. Other times I feel this all-consuming humiliation. Or fierce frustration and anger at myself.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


SYMPTOM TEST: Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

RSD commonly occurs with ADHD. Could this be the cause of your strong emotional responses? | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

SYMPTOM TEST: Emotional Hyperarousal

Rather than physical hyperactivity, some people with ADHD have passionate reactions and feelings. | 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?