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?
ADHD may last into adulthood about a third to half the time, and some studies have shown that children with ADHD may be more likely than the general population to develop alcohol and substance abuse problems when they get older.
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.
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January 21, 2014
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