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:
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?
Tests for related problems
Your child may have verbal and written tests to find out if behavior problems are caused by other conditions with similar symptoms.
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.