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Adult ADHD: Is it Real?

June 19, 2017

We commonly associate Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with children. But it’s a problem that can afflict adults as well. Adult sufferers of ADHD often find it difficult to perform in the workplace and to maintain healthy relationships with family and friends.

In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast neuropsychologist Dr. Charles Walker answers questions about ADHD and its impact on adults.


Questions:

  1. We often hear about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, in children. But it also occurs in adults. Define ADHD.
  2. What are some of the signs and symptoms of ADHD?
  3. Where do we draw the line between 'easily distracted' and full-blown clinical attention deficit?
  4. How can ADHD affect someone's day-to-day life, their job and those around them?
  5. Is ADHD a sign of an intelligence problem?
  6. Does ADHD develop in adults or is it something that arises in childhood and goes undiagnosed?
  7. What are the most common tests used to diagnose or rule out adult ADHD?
  8. Once diagnosed, how is ADHD treated?
  9. With respect to hyperactivity in children, where do you draw the line between behavioral issues/lack of proper discipline and a true hypeactivity disorder?
  10. Have you seen in your practice that those who think they might have adult ADHD often have a completely different health issue? If so, what are the most common?
  11. How often do you as a clinician work with the family practice provider or other medical specialist to get patients the treatment they need if it's an ADHD diagnosis?

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