Study on Barriers to ADHD Diagnosis in Adults


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End Date June 30, 2024

Primary Contact Gina Sgro


Study Details

Were you diagnosed with ADHD as an adult? Did you face any challenges to being diagnosed?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the research firm Mathematica are conducting a study with people who received a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as adults. We will be conducting 1-hour virtual interviews in May and June 2024 to learn about:

  • The steps involved in the ADHD diagnosis process
  • Any challenges faced to receiving an ADHD diagnosis
  • How adults overcame those challenges

What are some of the challenges adults may face to receiving an ADHD diagnosis?

Everyone’s experience is different, but some of the challenges adults may have faced include:

  • Difficulty finding a provider who diagnoses ADHD
  • Having to see multiple providers before finding the right one
  • Not being able to get an appointment when needed and/or providers not accepting new patients
  • Being misdiagnosed with another condition at first
  • Not seeking help right away due to feelings of shame or fear
  • Difficulty keeping up with the steps to see a provider due to ADHD symptoms
  • And others!

Next Steps

If you received a diagnosis of ADHD at age 25 years or older, you may qualify to participate! People who complete an interview will receive a $100 Amazon gift card as a thank you for their time.

  • Complete a brief form online using the QR code on the flyer above or link below.
  • If you qualify to participate and are selected, we will email you in about 1 week to schedule your interview.
  • Please check your junk and/or spam email folders.


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