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Adult ADHD Diagnosis

[21 Jun 2011 | No Comments | | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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It is not surprising to find out that more and more adults are being diagnosed with ADHD than ever before. One of the reasons for this phenomenon is increasing awareness of this condition among medical fraternity and general public. ADHD had certainly moved away from being a condition that afflicts children alone. It is postulated that this condition develops in people during the childhood and since most of the times it goes undiagnosed, it continues through the adult years.

Having said that, it is not easy to accurately identify this condition in adults. This condition is characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattentiveness. However, in adults, these conditions are exhibited differently. Experts suggest that with increase in the age, the level of maturity increases and hence the symptoms related to hyperactivity are modified. The symptoms of ADHD may appear in the form of problem with proper planning, persistence to achieve a particular target as well as problem with time management. This makes the task of the medical experts even more difficult because the correct diagnosis becomes even more challenging due to behavior modification.

The medical science has evolved at a rapid pace in the last few decades and this includes development in the field of ADHD, including ADHD treatments. Apart from pharmaceutical drugs, natural medicines for ADHD are also gaining credibility amongst people. Also, more and more people are willing to try out natural remedies for ADHD. A rapid progress has been made also in the field of diagnostic services. In spite of this rapid development, there is no single test that can decisively identify this condition, more so in an adult.

There are certain guidelines in diagnosing ADHD. It is very important that an expert clinician conduct the diagnosis. Since a key aspect of identifying this condition is studying the behavior pattern of an individual, the more experienced the clinician; higher are the chances of a right diagnosis. Generally, the clinicians use the exclusion principle to arrive at a conclusion that a person is suffering from ADHD. A series of tests that includes physical tests as well as neuropsychological tests are conducted which helps in the clinician to eliminate the presence of other disease conditions. After running these tests, the clinician uses a questionnaire that helps him evaluate the presence of certain symptoms and their severity in the person. For this, he uses the feedback received from family members, friends and relatives, colleagues and other people who regularly interact with the person.

The diagnosis should reveal the presence of certain behaviors that initiated in the childhood and also that these symptoms are exhibited in different settings also.

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