How would you know if you have adult ADHD? It can be confusing, because there are a thousand potential contributors to ADHD type symptoms, including trauma. Symptoms of trauma can often mimic the symptoms of ADHD. Oftentimes, people with ADHD also have trauma in their past that they must deal with first before their symptoms of ADHD can be addressed. At the Adult ADHD Counseling Center of Sacramento, potential clients will be assessed to determine all the confounding factors which must be addressed concurrently, before and/or after treatment of ADHD symptoms. This being said, here are the official requirements for attaining an ADHD-related diagnosis, according to the DSM-5, the psychiatric manual which attempts to standardize and define all mental health diagnoses.
Symptoms of inattention
Symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity
What do you all think about the DSM V qualifications for an ADHD diagnosis? Do you agree? Disagree? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!
Reference: American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition Edition, Washington D.C., American Psychiatric Association, 2013.