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How do you diagnose ADHD in adults?

Smartliving Guest asked this
October 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM



It’s a lot harder to diagnose an adult than children because you’re not captive in front of a teacher six hours a day watching everything you do…adults tend to change situations.

Most adults who have ADHD, and weren’t diagnosed as a kid usually are pretty intelligent and that intelligence is what got them through school with good enough grades. I see a lot of adults who have ADHD, they went through grade school, are out and have been working for awhile now, they’re going back to school and it’s causing huge problems. They are having trouble with the focus of the attention, so a lot of people show up that way.

A lot of people get the new job, they have a whole lot of responsibilities, instead of doing one task, they have to keep track of a whole bunch of things and, with their inattention problems, have a hard time organizing everything. Now, all of a sudden they are getting fired from their new job because they have a hard time handling it.

This response was just one answer taken from a video Q&A with Dr. Chamberlain.

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Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD Health Coach answered
September 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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