Talking to Your Doctor About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about personal risk factors and/or experience with ADHD. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in treatment. Because ADHD reaches into every corner of life, dedicated involvement of close family and friends is vital to successful treatment.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your doctor
About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 10/23/2020
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