Does it Exist?

Although adult ADHD has been well documented through genetic and imaging studies, clinical treatment trials and follow-up studies, skepticism about adult ADHD still exists. Through these studies, we know that about two-thirds of children with ADHD continue to have significant impairment into adulthood. Unfortunately, even among some adult psychiatrists, some skepticism remains about the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD. Many of the tools that are used to assess adults for ADHD are unfamiliar to psychiatrists that routinely deal with other psychiatric conditions. You will therefore find that many of the physicians that diagnose and treat adult ADHD have a special interest in ADHD and come from a variety of specialties, such as child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatrics and family medicine, as well as from adult psychiatry.