Medical science has come a long way in its ability to recognize and treat ADHD. Still, there's no single ADHD test available to help doctors diagnose this common disorder.
Talking with the patient and family members may be the most important diagnostic tool doctors have for ADHD. Through talking, the doctor can learn about the patient's daily moods, behaviors, productivity, and lifestyle habits.
A physical examination will show a patient's overall state of health. But the doctor needs to know what...
ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: A subtype of ADHD in which people show both hyperactive and impulsive behavior, but may not show enough symptoms of inattention to qualify for Combined Type.
ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: People with this type of ADHD show significant symptoms of inattention and are not overly active or disruptive. This type of ADHD was formerly known as attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A developmental and behavioral disorder that is characterized by levels of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that are inappropriate for a person's age or developmental level
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): A label with the same meaning as ADHD. At one time, ADD referred to a disorder involving difficulty paying attention or focusing attention without hyperactivity.
Bipolar disorder: Mental condition that is marked by mood swings between periods of intense emotional highs and lows
Clinical trial: Also called a research study; a research program involving patients with a particular condition usually to test various treatments for that condition
Neural: Related to the nervous system.
Neurotransmitter: A chemical in the brain that acts as a messenger to help transmit nerve impulses between brain cells.