ADHD in Spanish – Diagnóstico y tratamiento

Girl looking up, appearing frustrated.This is the second part of the clinical encounter ADHD in Spanish. In this part of the clinical encounter, the doctor discusses the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in Spanish with the patient Nicole and her mother.

Before you listen, I would like to make clear that it is not our intent to promote the diagnostic or treatment protocol for ADHD presented in this clinical encounter. Our sole purpose is to explore useful vocabulary and phrases when speaking to patients and their families about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in Spanish. Finally, if you haven’t done so already, I recommend you listen to the first part of this clinical encounter: ADHD in Spanish – Problemas en la escuela.


Table of Contents

  • 1:50 Diagnóstico
  • 2:41 Creativos y también impulsivos
  • 3:58 Medicamentos y asesoramiento
  • 5:05 Patrones de comportamiento
  • 5:54 Cómo funcionan los medicamentos
  • 6:53 Monitoreo
  • 8:10 A continuación
  • 8:51 ¡Oferta especial!

Clinical Encounter

We’ll begin where we left off. Señora Sanchez explains how difficult it is to get Nicole ready for school, and she often begins her day angry and frustrated.

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A continuación


In the third and final part of this clinical encounter, the doctor will explain that the medications used to treat ADHD are controlled substances and he’ll ask them to sign a treatment contract. He will also discuss further behavioral strategies to help Nicole be the best she can be.

Oferta especial


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Special Thanks ….

… to Dr. Craig Horn, a pediatrician who wrote the original dialogue in English.

… and to San Pedro Spanish School. We put together today’s dialogue while studying at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala. My friend Sonja Um-Siri (an interpreter) translated the clinical encounter on ADHD into Spanish with her teacher Francisco González Yojcóm. Then, we recorded the encounter with Francisco, my teacher, Elizabeth Cortez, and Eliza’s daughter, Nicole.

¡Hasta la próxima! Nos vemos pronto (dentro de 2 semanas).

The lessons offered at are a fun way to practice medical Spanish. They are not intended to teach medicine or provide medical advice. These lessons are intended to improve communication with Spanish-speaking patients, but they are not intended to substitute for a qualified medical interpreter.

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