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“differential diagnosis” is an organized disciplined pattern of questions the doctor asks in order to * eliminate wrong diagnosis that a first hunch seem plausible, so it’s not unusual for a doctor with little formal training or experience in ADD to end up eliminating the ADD/ADHD in an effort to be precise and correct. Some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression are the same as ADD/ADHD especially inattentive type. It’s also possible that you have co-occurring symptoms of ADD and anxiety and depression. Try to find a new psychiatrist who has experience & knowledge about inattentive ADD and get a 2nd opinion.
(I’m an adult with inattentive ADD GAD (anxiety) and sometimes depression.
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