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At what age can my child be diagnosed with ADHD?

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Your child's primary care doctor can determine whether your child has ADHD using standard guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which says the condition may be diagnosed in children ages 4 to 18. Symptoms, though, must begin by age 12.

From: ADHD in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment Options for ADHD in Children and Teens: A review of Research for Parents and Caregivers."

FDA: "How Do You Know if Your Child Has ADHD?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)." 

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Parenting a Child with ADHD (WWK2)."

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment Options for ADHD in Children and Teens: A review of Research for Parents and Caregivers."

FDA: "How Do You Know if Your Child Has ADHD?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)." 

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Parenting a Child with ADHD (WWK2)."

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 06, 2018

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