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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Long Term ADD

09/25/2003

Question:

My son was diagnosed with ADD when he was 10.The psychologist said that he would probably outgrow it when he was older. He is now 25 and has the same symptoms. He doesn`t take any med. Is it possible for someone his age to still have ADD?

Answer:

Many adults have ADD. There are actually many kinds of ADD. When the main symptoms that are problematic are those helped by development and maturity, some people with ADD may be able to compensate enough in their 20`s that, although they still may have some attention deficits, they no longer have a "disorder." Many people have various symptoms of ADD but, if those symptoms do not get in the way of a healthy, happy, productive life, they do not have ADD. If your son`s ADD is centered around problems such as major inabilities to pay attention or to organize work, he will likely benefit from treatment. You may want to encourage him to see his physician and discuss it further. 

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Response by:

Susan Louisa Montauk, MD
Formerly Professor of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati