Is It Just ADHD? Comorbidities That Unlock an Accurate Mental Health Diagnosis

Published by: ADDitude Magazine
Written by: BY WES CRENSHAW, PH.D.KELSEY DAUGHERTY, DNP, PMHNP-BC

A mental health diagnosis is based almost entirely on the discussion of symptoms between a patient and his mental health provider. You might think being the diagnosis expert is your doctor’s job alone, but if you don’t thoroughly understand the diagnosis for yourself or your loved one, you may not get the treatment you need. You want to understand everything you can about how your diagnosis is made, and what it means, so you can communicate well with your prescriber and therapist.

For many people with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), understanding a single diagnosis isn’t enough. Many present with symptoms of two or more conditions. We call this “co-occurrence.” Great. Just when you thought nothing else could be wrong, you realize (or find out) you may have another psychiatric diagnosis. Click here to read the rest of the story

 

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