Can Adults Have ADHD?: Unraveling the Complexities (with Leslie Guidotti Breting, PhD)

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Can Adults Have ADHD?: Unraveling the Complexities (with Leslie Guidotti Breting, PhD)

September 19, 2023

Can Adults Have ADHD?: Unraveling the Complexities (with Leslie Guidotti Breting, PhD)

Discussion of ADHD is EVERYWHERE in the news and social media. Often we hear patients, friends, and family members stating “I saw a post on FB/Instagram/Twitter/TikTok about ADHD that resonated with me, should I get tested?” 

While many people experience periods of inattention, unfocused motor activity, and impulsivity, those with ADHD experience these symptoms to a much greater degree, and these behaviors can often interfere with their social lives, working lives, and general mental health.

Depending on your age and many other social factors, screening and evaluation for ADHD may have passed you over during your young, formative years. 

Thankfully, meaningful research exists to provide helpful data on how to diagnose and manage this condition!

So let’s learn more, shall we? Thankfully we have a wonderful expert guest in the field of Neuropsychology to educate us today. 

Welcome, Leslie Guidotti Breting, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Leslie Guidotti Breting is a board-certified, clinical neuropsychologist and director of Neuropsychology at NorthShore University Health System where she has practiced since 2010.

  • She serves at a national level on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and is the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.
  • She has been engaged in clinical research, publishing extensively on the topics of ADHD, epilepsy, mTBI, and concussion.
  • She conducts neuropsychological evaluations for adults, including those concerned about ADHD.
  • She has also evaluated professional and collegiate athletes for therapeutic use exemption for stimulants related to treatment for ADHD.

The key moments in this episode include:

00:01:15 – Prevalence of ADHD,

00:02:39 – Increase in ADHD Diagnosis Rates?

00:05:07 – What is a Neuropsychologist?

00:16:20 – Genetics and Heritability of ADHD

00:17:22 – Screening for ADHD

00:19:08 – Overdiagnosis of ADHD?

00:21:45 – Diagnosing ADHD in Young Children

00:23:17 – Challenges in Diagnosing ADHD

00:31:26 – ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder Co-Occurrence

00:32:10 – Symptoms of ADHD in Adults

00:35:23 – Pathophysiology of ADHD

00:36:50 – Executive Functioning and ADHD

00:49:19 – Medication and Treatment Options

00:58:16 – “Growing out” of ADHD

01:02:29 – Algorithm of Probability for ADHD Diagnosis – new research

01:03:03 – No Blood Tests


CHADD– Children and Adults with ADHD website.

American Academy of Child and Adult Psychiatry ADHD Resource Center.

Find a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist through the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology website.

Dr. Leslie Guidotti-Breting’s professional NorthShore University page.

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