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12 Silent Signs of Adult ADHD You Might Be Ignoring

The Healthy Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen of The Healthy | Slide 2 of 13: Adult ADHD always begins as childhood ADHD, says Eric Lifshitz, MD, a psychiatrist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and in private practice in Beverly Hills. Having a history of problems with concentration, focus, organization, and memory your whole life is the primary criteria in diagnosing ADHD in adults. "For adults with ADHD the issues have persisted all their lives. If the problems are a new phenomenon, then it's not ADHD," he explains. "There are many, many other reasons that adults can develop these issues, including depression and stress." A trained professional can help you find the correct diagnosis to get you the best care. (These are myths about ADHD it's easy to get wrong.)

You have a history of ADHD symptoms

Adult ADHD always begins as childhood ADHD, says Eric Lifshitz, MD, a psychiatrist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and in private practice in Beverly Hills. Having a history of problems with concentration, focus, organization, and memory your whole life is the primary criteria in diagnosing ADHD in adults. "For adults with ADHD the issues have persisted all their lives. If the problems are a new phenomenon, then it's not ADHD," he explains. "There are many, many other reasons that adults can develop these issues, including depression and stress." A trained professional can help you find the correct diagnosis to get you the best care. (These are myths about ADHD it's easy to get wrong.)

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