Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Exams and Tests
A doctor relies on a combination of exams, tests, and other information to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The doctor will look at guidelines created by the American Psychiatric Association
(APA). The diagnosis will be based on:
An interview with the child.
Medical history. The doctor will ask about the child's social, emotional,
educational, and behavioral history.
Before meeting with your doctor, think about at what age your child's
symptoms began. You and other caregivers should record when the
behavior occurs and how long it lasts. An important part of evaluation for
ADHD is thinking about the kinds of problems caused by the behaviors. How much do they affect schooling and social behavior?
A girl with ADHD may be labeled Chatty Cathy -- the enthusiastic school-aged girl who is always telling stories to friends. Or she could be the daydreamer -- the smart, shy teenager with the disorganized locker.
But what happens when she grows up? Or when her ADHD isn't diagnosed until she's a woman? Is her experience different from what men with ADHD go through?
ADHD has not been widely researched in women. Much more is known about how it affects children. But there seem to be some patterns that...
For example, children with
ADHD may have a hard time learning to read, write, or do math problems. Testing
these learning disabilities will help teachers form the
best plan for a child with these problems.
If you are concerned about how your child's temperament, learning skills, and
behavior are developing, talk with your doctor during your next visit.