Does my child or I have ADHD?

Diagnosing ADHD in Adults3,8

A diagnostic evaluation can be provided by a health care provider who gathers information from multiple sources. These sources include ADHD symptom checklists, behavior rating scales, a detailed history of past and present everyday behaviors, and information from others who know the person well. Your health care provider will also perform a complete physical examination.

Only 5 symptoms are needed to diagnose ADHD in adults and adolescents aged 17 years or older and behavior scales are used to confirm the diagnosis.

Symptoms may look different in adolescents and adults. For example, hyperactivity may look like restlessness.


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