How is ADHD Diagnosed?
Adult ADHD can manifest itself through a variety risky behavior, such as using drugs, smoking, getting in trouble with the law, antisocial behavior and poor work history. Your psychiatrist can assess if such symptoms may be due to adult ADHD.
There are three types of ADHD: hyperactive-impulsive, inattentive, and combined. These subtypes are identified and diagnosed by the number of symptoms in each category. The existence of those symptoms in adults may be often masked by coping mechanisms or by social difficulties.
The symptoms of hyperactivity include:
Symptoms of impulsivity include:
Symptoms of inattentive ADHD include:
Self diagnosis of ADHD may not be possible and it is always better to ask for an evaluation by a psychiatrist if you suspect you have adult ADHD.