ADHD

Question
Posted by: Stacey | 2017/10/17

Q.

Do I need to be re-diagnosed for adult ADHD?

Would I need to be re-diagnosed as an adult with "Adult ADHD", or would my childhood diagnosis still be accurate? As a child, I was diagnosed with inattentive-type ADHD. I was prescribed medication, which I was weaned off of over time. Now as an adult, my previous symptoms seem to have returned with a vengeance (they never really went away, I was coping with them, but now it seems like they've gotten worse). Since I have been diagnosed previously on these symptoms, would the previous diagnosis just carry forward into adulthood, or do I need to seek out a professional and get a new diagnosis for what is essentially the same issue?

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert
- 2017/10/17

ADHD is a chronic disorder. Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with ADHD in childhood, the diagnosis is still valid. More or less 30-40% of patients seems to "outgrow" the diagnosis - but it is more likely that they learn  mechanisms to better deal with the symptoms. As the environmental demands change, symptoms may appear to "flare up". This being said, it is still important that you consult a psychiatrist to make sure there is not other reasons for your symptoms to be more prominent now - e.g. sleep deprivation, anxiety or depression. Your medication needs will also be different than it was in childhood. 


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