In my last post, I talked about how one of of the defining characteristics of ADHD is that symptoms show up in multiple environments – school, work, home, social settings and so on.
I don’t know what all the ingredients are that are necessary for having a positive relationship with someone who has ADHD – whether that’s a romantic relationship, a professional relationship or a platonic relationship. But I’m fairly sure one of them is being able to separate "carelessness" – more accurately, inattentiveness – from not caring.
For many, the first ADHD treatment that comes to mind is medication. After all, ADHD is a condition rooted in the way the brain works, and ADHD meds seem to be the most effective technique we have for altering people’s brain chemistry in a way that reduces ADHD symptoms.
Looking back, I can see the signs of ADHD in my childhood self. But it wasn’t until I was in late middle school or early high school that I started to really become conscious of inattention and impulsivity as forces that were having a negative impact on my life.
When doctors diagnose ADHD, they draw on several sources of information. These can include an interview with the patient, an interview with people who know the patient, a review of school records, and a round of neuropsychological testing.