Mental Health & ADHD Comorbidities

How can I be sure my ADHD evaluation also considers look-alike comorbidities?

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.

ASD: What distinguishes autism from ADHD?

A: Both conditions are neurodevelopmental disorders, so both can affect movement, language, memory, social skills, and the ability to focus… | Keep reading on WebMD »

SPD: What distinguishes sensory processing disorder from ADHD?

A: Adults with SPD feel assaulted by the world and all of its ticking clocks, buzzing lights, itchy tags, and strong perfumes… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD & TRAUMA: What are the symptoms shared by ADHD and PTSD?

A: Symptoms shared by ADHD and trauma, and often ADHD and PTSD, include difficulty concentrating, emotional dysregulation… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

EFD: What distinguishes executive function disorder from ADHD?

A: ADHD is a condition that can be diagnosed; while you may hear the term executive function disorder, it isn’t a true medical condition… | Keep reading on WebMD »

TIC DISORDERS: What distinguishes Tourette’s Syndrome from ADHD?

A: From time to time, we all have an unexplained twitch, but when tics are severe or repeated for days or weeks, they may be signs of… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER: How does ADHD increase the likelihood of SUD, and vice versa?

A: About a quarter of adults with SUD have ADHD, and individuals with ADHD are three times more likely to develop an SUD… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “Building a Life That’s Right for Me”

“In an unpredictable world, routine can calm the autistic brain and allow us to function. ADHD, on the other hand, is all about novelty. The ADHD brain is deadened by repetition and rebels against structure. So how does someone with ADHD and autism find a place in this world?” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


SYMPTOM TEST: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults

Do family members call you an “eccentric professor”? Do you follow the same schedule every day? | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

SYMPTOM TEST: Dyslexia in Adults

Could your lifelong reading and spelling challenges be signs of this common learning disability? | 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?