WILLIAM D. DODSON, MD: Adults will present with three large groups of symptoms. The first one is work inefficiency. They will start on a project, get distracted, then realize that they're distracted, have to come back, find their place. The second big area of impairment is going to be in emotional lability. People with ADHD generally will say that that's the biggest area of impairment for them, is that they feel very vulnerable to the perception that someone is disapproving of them, has withdrawn their approval and respect. The third major area that impairs people with ADHD is impulsivity. People with ADHD find out what they're thinking and are going to say and do the same way that everybody else does. It's out there, and they're constantly going, "Oh, I wish I had that back."
ANNOUNCER: And adults often suffer from additional medical conditions that can mask ADHD symptoms.
DAVID W. GOODMAN, MD: In ADHD we often find that about 70% of the adults with ADHD have or have had another psychiatric condition. Those conditions include clinical depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and substance and alcohol abuse.
DR. DAVID FEIFEL: Oftentimes the second condition in an adult is driven by the ADHD that if -- if the ADHD isn't recognized, it can be a very frustrating experience for both the physician and the patient who are trying to deal with the comorbid or second condition, because it doesn't respond very well, because the ADHD is lurking behind it and continues to generate it.
ANNOUNCER: An accurate diagnosis of ADHD requires a thorough medical and psychological evaluation.