I’m an Adult—How Do I Get Diagnosed With ADHD?

If you think you might have ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) as an adult, here’s what you can do.

Steps Toward Getting an ADHD Diagnosis

Recognize the Symptoms: Common symptoms of ADHD include difficulty with organization, being easily distracted, trouble completing tasks, forgetfulness, impulsivity, and restlessness, which have occurred since childhood.

Talk to a Professional: Consult with a mental health specialist like a psychiatrist or psychologist who can evaluate and diagnose ADHD. If you are in the Bay Area, feel free to make an appointment with our Schwab Learning Center.

Go Through an Evaluation Process: The specialist will have a conversation with you about your symptoms, medical, psychosocial, and academic history and how ADHD affects your daily life. They may also ask you to fill out questionnaires to gather more information.

Rule Out Other Conditions: The specialist will make sure your symptoms aren’t caused by other medical or mental health issues.

ADHD Treatment Options

If you meet the criteria for ADHD based on the evaluation, the specialist will provide an official diagnosis.

The specialist will discuss treatment options with you and provide referrals for ADHD treatment and symptom management. This may include a recommendation to contact your doctor or psychiatrist to discuss ADHD medication to manage symptoms, cognitive behavioral therapy for ADHD, behavioral therapy to develop coping strategies and education/support groups to learn more about ADHD.

Remember, seeking a diagnosis and treatment for ADHD can help you better manage your symptoms and improve your daily life. It’s important to consult with a professional who can provide personalized guidance and support throughout the process.

Learn more about receiving an ADHD evaluation at CHC.

Are you interested in more helpful resources? Check out CHC’s ADHD Guide and our curated collection of ADHD articles, presentations, videos, podcasts, websites and more.

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