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ADHD Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How often do you notice attention or behavior problems? Daily or a few times a week?
  • Are you using medicine every day or only for school or work?
  • What successes have you noticed since starting treatment?
  • What concerns do you have about treatment or symptoms?
  • What accommodations at school or work do you think would help?
  • When did you first notice problems with attention or behavior?
  • Do these issues negatively affect performance in several areas of your life or just in certain situations?
  • Do attention or behavior symptoms interfere with school or work performance?
  • How often do attention or behavior symptoms occur? Occasionally or very often?
  • What have you tried so far to improve attention or behavior problems?
  • What seems to make attention or behavior problems better or worse?
  • How well is your medication controlling your symptoms and lasting through the day?
  • Are you having any side effects, such as loss of appetite or sleep problems?
  • What concerns you most about ADHD?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing? When did they start?
  • What other possible causes could be responsible for my/my child's symptoms?
  • How common is it to have a learning disability in addition to ADHD?
  • Is it common to have a psychological disorder in addition to ADHD?
  • What kind of testing should I/my child have?
  • What should I expect when starting an ADHD medicine?
  • Are there non-drug options for managing ADHD?
  • What are the treatment options if attention or behavior problems persist?
  • When do you recommend behavior therapy?
  • How can side effects of ADHD medicine be managed?
  • Do you recommend taking a break from medicines, such as on weekends or vacations?
  • What should be included on an IEP or 504 plan? Are any changes necessary to our existing plan?
  • Are there other ADHD medicines that would better control symptoms or have fewer side effects?
  • Could medication cause these new or different symptoms?
  • How does ADHD affect people throughout their lifetime? What additional advice do you have?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 10
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