If you have these difficulties as s child or teenager, you would usually see either a CAMHS or a Paediatric Service. A trained specialist would see you for an assessment interview lasting around 1-2 hours. They would also get information about your early childhood and current problems from your family and school teachers. A child or young person with a diagnosis of ADHD could then be transferred to an adult psychiatrist as they got older, particularly if their problems remain.
As an adult there are there are three ways that a diagnosis can be obtained. Recently is been accepted for specialist teachers and educational/occupational psychologists to provide a diagnosis for Adult ADHD. Assessments identify both the problems described above, but also how troublesome they are, they require a number of questionnaire being completed by yourself and an informer (someone who has known you for a long time e.g. partner, flatmate, sibling etc).
Most children diagnosed with ADHD in the UK find it hard to concentrate, are over-active and impulsive.
In the US, the DSM diagnostic system allows for an “inattentive” type without the overactivity. This is sometime called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
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