ADHD, Rating Scales, and Your Practice Today

You greet a new patient who complains of difficulty concentrating at work and is unable to “keep up” since making partner at a law firm or becoming an attending physician at a hospital. Is this an authentic case of a high-functioning person with undiagnosed adult ADHD, a subtle request for performance enhancement, or something altogether different?

A Boatload of New Data on Stimulants and Cardiac Events


In 2006, an FDA panel recommended all manufacturers of stimulants to add a “black box” warning about an increased risk of “serious cardiovascular events.”

Are Clinical Scales Useful for Adult ADHD?

Patients often come into my office to be “tested for ADHD,” and I explain to them that the diagnosis depends on a thorough clinical interview. Nonetheless, rating scales can be useful.