Fast Five Quiz: Test Yourself on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

Stephen Soreff, MD


August 23, 2018

Symptoms of ADHD and bipolar disorder may be directly correlated. All patients with ADHD should be assessed for possible underlying or coexisting bipolar disorder, and vice versa.

Adults with ADHD may have difficulties with following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, and finishing work on time. Hallucinations and delusions are not a component of ADHD in adults or children. Delusions of grandiosity suggest a manic phase, and nihilistic delusions indicate a depressed phase in patients with bipolar disorder. Thought content associated with ADHD is typically normal, with no evidence of suicidal/homicidal or psychotic symptoms.

Affect is usually appropriate and may be elevated in ADHD, but it should not be euphoric. Mood is usually euthymic, except for periods of low self-esteem and decreased (dysthymic) mood. Mood and affect are not primarily affected by ADHD, although irritability may frequently be associated with ADHD.

For more on the presentation of ADHD in adults, read here.


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