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What chemical is missing when you have ADHD?

What chemical is missing when you have ADHD?

ADHD was the first disorder found to be the result of a deficiency of a specific neurotransmitter — in this case, norepinephrine — and the first disorder found to respond to medications to correct this underlying deficiency. Like all neurotransmitters, norepinephrine is synthesized within the brain.

Can a 60 year old be diagnosed with ADHD?

Most ADHD symptom criteria and diagnostic questionnaires are appropriate for the diagnosis of children, not adults. Patients aged 60 (and beyond) without a formal diagnosis may exhibit symptoms of ADHD that differ significantly from those listed in the DSM.

Why do so many doctors misdiagnose ADHD later in life?

Many clinicians misdiagnose ADHD later in life due to lack of specialized training. Most physicians receive 20 minutes (or less) of instruction on ADHD in medical school, and nearly all that time is spent on pediatric diagnosis and treatment.

Can a child with ADHD be diagnosed with hyperactivity?

If you or your child exhibits these ADHD symptoms, you may rightfully get a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Or you may have another condition altogether. How to tell if your doctor got your evaluation right. Inattention + Hyperactivity = ADHD?

How many symptoms does it take to diagnose ADHD?

The diagnosis should document the presence of at least 6 of 9 symptoms of inattention (or 5 symptoms for teens age 17 or older), or at least 6 of 9 symptoms of hyperactive/impulsive behavior (5 symptoms for teens age 17 and older). Symptoms are best documented when reported by at least 2 observers. ADHD is expensive to society.

Most ADHD symptom criteria and diagnostic questionnaires are appropriate for the diagnosis of children, not adults. Patients aged 60 (and beyond) without a formal diagnosis may exhibit symptoms of ADHD that differ significantly from those listed in the DSM.

Many clinicians misdiagnose ADHD later in life due to lack of specialized training. Most physicians receive 20 minutes (or less) of instruction on ADHD in medical school, and nearly all that time is spent on pediatric diagnosis and treatment.

Are there any medical conditions that mimic ADHD?

Misdiagnosis: Conditions That Mimic ADHD. Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, PsyD on October 10, 2017 — Written by Eloise Porter. Children are readily diagnosed with ADHD due to sleeping troubles, careless mistakes, fidgeting, or forgetfulness.

What are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder?

Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a lot more than inattention and hyperactivity, though these are the symptoms that most commonly lead to a diagnosis.