Free Expert Resource: Is It ADHD or a Misdiagnosis?
Too many doctors are clueless about ADHD signs, symptoms, and treatment. In this free download, learn to recognize common mistakes to get the diagnosis and care you deserve.
Despite the fact that one in five mental-health patients likely has ADHD (due to a high incidence of co-existing psychiatric disorders), most doctors and mental health professionals know virtually nothing about attention deficit disorder. Ninety-three percent of adult psychiatry residency programs do not mention ADHD once in four years of training. The board-certification exam for adult psychiatry asks no questions about ADHD.
More often than not, it is the patient who suspects that she has ADHD and makes an informal diagnosis. This happens, in part, because ADHD is genetic and runs in families. A person sees someone else in her family who has been diagnosed and treated for the condition. The more she talks with family members about the symptoms, the more she recognizes ADHD impairments in herself, her siblings, or her children.
Doctors hold the key to treatment, but first you need a diagnosis. That can be the hardest part. Because ADHD symptoms so often resemble and overlap with those of other conditions, taking time to suss out exactly what’s going on is critical. Here, learn the seven mistakes doctors make most when trying to diagnose ADHD.