Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Diagnosing ADHD

Taken from The Real Age posted November 25, 201, this article caught my eye after a friend of mine who works with special needs children, said to me "you must have ADHD because you take on so many projects". So I thought about it, dismised his comment but remembered it when I read this document. Interesting reading
Diagnosing adult ADHD is a difficult science, because it overlaps with other mental health conditions, making diagnosis tricky. Also, much of the diagnostic research to date has been done on children, and the diagnostic features that doctors use for children often take different form in adults. The only way to know for sure if you have adult ADHD is to work closely with your doctor on assessing your symptoms and medical history.
Do you think you might have adult ADHD? Answer the following questions. Do you often:
  • Have great difficulty wrapping up the loose ends on projects?
  • Have trouble staying organized?
  • Miss appointments or obligations?
  • Procrastinate on big projects that require thought?
  • Have trouble sitting still?
  • Struggle with restless energy?

If you answered yes to four or more of these questions, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about adult ADHD.

By the way, I answered no to all of the questions except Have trouble sitting still and that I attribute to a hip that one day soon may have to be replaced.

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