The word test can sound scary, but getting tested for ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a routine evaluation—if you see the right clinician. ADHD is a complex diagnosis and, in our medical opinion, best made by a psychiatrist. Their specialized mental health training gives them the tools they need to understand what you’re feeling and recommend the best possible care. They’ll ask you some simple questions, get details about what’s going on, and the effect it might be having on your day-to-day life. As you answer, they’ll make observations that help them understand your mental health and provide a thorough an informed diagnosis.
If your doctor does find that you’re dealing with ADHD, they will help find the best treatment plan for you. Since the symptoms of ADHD are so similar to other mental health conditions, they might even find you have another condition altogether––and of course, they’ll help you make a treatment plan for that too.