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How is adult attention deficit disorder (ADD) diagnosed?

If you think you have adult attention deficit disorder (ADD), you'll need to be thoroughly evaluated by a psychologist or a psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis. This evaluation should include a medical exam to rule out health problems, as well as a lengthy interview about your work and family history. A diagnosis should also involve documentation to confirm that symptoms were present before the age of seven. This could include parents' accounts or school reports from that time. If symptoms began during adulthood, they're likely to be related to other stressors, health problems, or diagnoses.

Be wary of any professional who tells you to try medications in order to confirm a diagnosis of ADD. Because they are universal performance enhancers, ADD medications can "work" for many adults who don't have ADD.
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