How diagnosis is made
There are several aspects as to how adult ADHD is diagnosed and who can make the diagnosis. There are many checklists and surveys you may take to give you an idea of whether you have the condition. If you reach a certain score on one of those surveys, you may have ADHD, but the better barometer is thinking about how much trouble you may be having in various areas of life.
Another consideration is where problems occur. The symptoms need to be present in more than one location, like both at work and at home. The symptoms also need to be causing significant problems on a consistent basis. Being forgetfull now and then is not likely ADHD, but when being forgetful is the norm, there might be a problem.
A medical doctor, a psychologist, and in some cases a counselor or social worker, can make an ADHD diagnosis. Only a medical doctor may write a prescription for drugs however. If a psychologist makes the diagnosis, you may still have to see your regular doctor to get a prescription for medications.
Medications are known to help in many cases. Some people are able to manage their symptoms in other ways. Others do not treat the condition, believing it to be a positive.
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