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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with ADHD?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for ADHD? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about ADHD

Top 10 Questions about ADHD

  1. What is ADHD and what causes it?
  2. What types of healthcare providers, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, do I/my child need to see and when?
  3. What are the symptoms of ADHD?
  4. How will you rule out other conditions that can be mistaken for ADHD?
  5. What are the treatment options for ADHD?
  6. Do I/my child have to use medications to treat ADHD?
  7. What can I expect from my/my child's ADHD medication and how long will it take to start working?
  8. Are there ADHD medications available that are not habit-forming and how effective are they?
  9. How and when should I take my medication/or give my child's medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my/my child's ADHD medication?
  1. What is ADHD and what causes it?
  2. Is ADHD curable or controllable?
  3. How will ADHD affect my/my child's daily life and long-term health?
  4. What types of healthcare providers, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, do I/my child need to see and when?
  5. What should I tell my family and friends about ADHD?
  6. Do I need to arrange for any special accommodations at work or in school?
  7. Are there certain foods to eat, or avoid, that would improve the symptoms of ADHD?
  8. Does having ADHD increase the risk of having depression, substance abuse or other mental health conditions?
  9. Do children ever outgrow ADHD?
  10. What are the symptoms of ADHD?
  11. Could ADHD symptoms be caused by another medical condition or a medication?
  12. How will you rule out other conditions that can be mistaken for ADHD?
  13. How is ADHD diagnosed?
  14. Can my primary care doctor diagnose ADHD or will I need to see a specialist?
  15. What are the treatment options for ADHD?
  16. What treatments are best for adult ADHD?
  17. Do I/my child have to use medications to treat ADHD?
  18. What should I do if my/my child's ADHD symptoms get worse?
  19. What might happen if I do nothing to treat ADHD?
  20. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my/my child's symptoms and support my/my child's treatment?
  21. How will I know if the treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  22. What support groups are available to help me and my family deal with ADHD?
  23. What can I expect from my/my child's ADHD medication and how long will it take to start working?
  24. Are there ADHD medications available that are not habit-forming and how effective are they?
  25. Do ADHD medications work the same for adults and children?
  26. How and when should I take my medication/or give my child's medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  27. How long will I/my child need to take ADHD medication?
  28. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my/my child's ADHD medication?

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Top 10 Questions about ADHD

  1. What is ADHD and what causes it?
  2. What types of healthcare providers, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, do I/my child need to see and when?
  3. What are the symptoms of ADHD?
  4. How will you rule out other conditions that can be mistaken for ADHD?
  5. What are the treatment options for ADHD?
  6. Do I/my child have to use medications to treat ADHD?
  7. What can I expect from my/my child's ADHD medication and how long will it take to start working?
  8. Are there ADHD medications available that are not habit-forming and how effective are they?
  9. How and when should I take my medication/or give my child's medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my/my child's ADHD medication?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: March 7, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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