Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Exams and Tests
Adults with untreated ADHD are at an increased risk of
abusing drugs or alcohol. If an adult is suspected of
having or is diagnosed with ADHD, he or she may also be screened for alcohol
and drug abuse.
The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines
recommend that doctors ask parents about behavior and school performance during
regularly scheduled well-child visits. This helps identify early signs of ADHD.
If you are concerned about how your child's temperament, learning skills, or
behavior is developing, talk with your doctor during your next visit.
Before meeting with your doctor, think about at what age your child's
symptoms began. Also, you and other caregivers should record when the
behavior occurs and how long it lasts. An important component of evaluation for
ADHD is considering the kinds of problems that result from the behaviors and to
what extent they affect academic performance and social behavior.
Some adults do not recognize their own symptoms of ADHD until their child
is diagnosed with the condition. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD or you
think you have symptoms, talk with your doctor about being screened for ADHD.