What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Q. Kindly explain the symptoms of ADHD.

Answered by
Dr. Anthony Koller
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on May 27, 2019 and last reviewed on: Sep 22, 2023

Hello doctor,

I think I have ADHD. I am a teen and cannot go to a psychiatrist as my family does not believe me when I tell them and even claim I pretend to have the symptoms. I think there is something wrong with me and want to know.



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To answer your question regarding ADHD: Most people with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) will have displayed signs and symptoms of the disorder from a young age, usually before 12 years old. In this case your ADHD will usually have been noticeable and picked up by teachers or parents at a younger age. However, many cases can be missed and only picked up later. In this case I recommend referral to a general practitioner who can more reliably assess the situation. A referral to a psychiatrist can always be made, if necessary. This is also bearing in mind that there can be multiple reasons why you might find difficulties concentrating. Therefore, it is better to proceed slowly and start with a GP consultation before jumping into any treatment of ADHD which can involve powerful medications that can have serious side effects.

Investigations to be done:

Investigations to be done are a screening test for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) like the Conner’s test filled in by both the child’s teacher and parents.

Treatment plan:

For treatment, I suggest the patient be seen for a thorough examination by a family practitioner. If there is evidence of potential ADHD, then referral to a psychiatrist or child and a dole scent psychiatrist would be the next step.

Regarding follow up:

Follow-up is to be done as per the findings of the GP or psychiatrist. The young patient's symptoms should not be completely ignored, and a proper, thorough investigation should be done in order that something potentially serious is not missed.

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