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Who Can Diagnose Learning and Attention Issues in Adults?

I think my child might have math issues and ADHD. The more I read about her issues, the more I think I’ve been struggling with the same things my whole life. Who can diagnose learning and attention issues in an adult?

You’re not alone in feeling this way. I’ve spent more than three decades working with families whose children have learning and attention issues. Over the years, I’ve found many parents who identified similar issues in themselves when listing symptoms of their child’s challenges.

Helping your child may lead you to seek an evaluation for yourself. This can be a liberating experience. Some adults say the process helped them to stop viewing their issues as something destined to hold them back and to start viewing them as challenges to overcome.

Talk to your doctor. She can help you find someone who knows a lot about diagnosing and treating adult symptoms of learning and attention issues.

The psychologist at your child’s school or clinic may also be able to give you a referral. Other resources for adults seeking an evaluation include community mental health centers, your state vocational rehabilitation agency and your local chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

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