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geobeck
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When you start understanding your condition, you start seeing it everywhere, so be aware that your relatives may not have the condition. Having said that, ADD tends to be found in relatives, so it’s cetainly possible.

I was diagnosed in May at age 50, and starting treatment was like seeing clearly for the first time. If it’s possible to have a psychiatrist diagnose your relatives, that’s a valuable step. If they do have it, they will certainly benefit from treatment.

If you have to start with your family doctor, that’s only preliminary. Standardized questionnaires are no substitute for specialized expertise.