ADHD Diagnosis in Adults

What should a thorough evaluation for adult ADHD include and exclude?

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.

EVALUATIONS: What is the step-by-step process for getting an ADHD evaluation?

A: An evaluation for ADHD often starts with a routine visit to your primary-care physician, but chances are it won’t end it there… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ENSURING ACCURACY: What should a comprehensive ADHD evaluation include?

A: An accurate and well-rounded ADHD diagnosis is a complex, multi-step process including a clinical interview, a medical history review,… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ONLINE CARE: Can I get diagnosed with ADHD via a telehealth appointment?

A: While much of the process can be done online, medication fulfillment, physical exams, and cognitive or educational testing may… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADULT GUIDELINES: How are current diagnostic criteria unhelpful for evaluating adults?

A: U.S. practice guidelines — and multiple ones at that — currently only exist for childhood ADHD. This is a gap we must close… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS: How can I be sure my symptoms don’t point to another condition?

A: Several conditions may be confused with, or appear along with, ADHD, including anxiety, a sudden life change, sleep problems… | Keep reading on WebMD »

FIRST-PERSON: “But I Went to Law School! I Couldn’t Have… Oh.”

“The three-part evaluation included a computer test, which indicated that 94% of the people who took it were better able to remain on task than I was — in other words, only 6% of people were more easily distracted.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »



Three essential components of an ADHD diagnosis — and a few diagnostic “fads” that simply aren’t worth your time or money. | Download now on ADDitude »

FREE DOWNLOAD: How to Prepare for Your ADHD Evaluation

This handout identifies the six most important steps any adult should take before consulting their physician for an ADHD evaluation. | Download now 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?8-Part Guide to ADHD Diagnosis in Adults, from WebMD x ADDitude: