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Can I go to my child's pediatrician if I think he or she has ADHD?

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Although some pediatricians with special training in the disorder will diagnose ADHD in children, most will refer you and your child to a mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, or social worker trained in diagnosing and treating ADHD.

You can also find a professional who specializes in ADHD diagnosis through your health plan, your child's teacher or school counselor, other parents of children with ADHD, or non-profit organizations such as Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

From: Diagnosing ADHD in Children WebMD Medical Reference

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Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz.

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

CDC: “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).”

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 14, 2019

SOURCES: 

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz.

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

CDC: “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).”

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 14, 2019

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