Dr Oz: Diagnosing Adult ADHD
Could you have adult ADHD? If you’ve been struggling more and more, causing problems at home, at work, and with your relationships, it’s time to find out. Experts estimate that as many as 10 million adults, 4% of the population, could have ADHD. Too many adults go un-diagnosed and doctors believe women with ADHD are even more likely to be overlooked because their symptoms can be different than men’s.
The reality is, ADHD could be the reason you’re moody, exhausted, and anxious. Dr Sue Varma, a psychiatrist and mental health experts, shared that only about 20% of people who have ADHD get diagnosed and only 1/4 of those people get treatment. The problem is that people go through their lives feeling like they’ve been unable to reach their potential, not realizing it can be fixed.
There are three hallmark symptoms at the core of ADHD: distractability, impulsivity, and fidgety. All three of those can cause serious concrete consequences.
Dr Oz: Could You Have ADHD? + Self Test
Dr Oz showed his audience one test, that you at home can find on his website, that asks the tester to read the color they see, not what the word says. For example, the word says red but it’s written in green, so you want to say green. There’s also another test you can take, made up of the following six questions. For each one, answer “never,” “rarely,” “sometimes,” “often,” or “very often.”
- How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a plan?
- How often do you have trouble doing a task that requires organization?
- How often do you have trouble remembering appointments or obligations?
- How often do you avoid completing tasks that require a lot of thought?
- How often do you fidget or squirm when you have to sit down for a while?
- How often do you feel overly active or compelled to do things, like you’re driven by a motor?
Dr Oz: Tackling Adult ADHD
Did you answer sometimes, often or very often for the first three answers, and often or very often for the last three answers? If more four or more match up, then you could be at risk for adult ADHD. Take your quiz to your doctor and have a conversation about getting a referral to a specialist. Medication isn’t the only solution and it could change your life for the better, not only for you but for everyone around you.
Other than medication a great plan for adult ADHD relief includes omega-3’s twice a week, at least 10 minutes of movement each day, and meditation each day to improve focus.