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How do doctors diagnose ADHD?

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To diagnose ADHD, doctors look for a pattern of behaviors over time like being distracted or forgetful, not following through, having trouble waiting for a turn, and fidgeting or squirming. They'll ask for feedback from parents, teachers, and other adults that care for the child. A doctor will also try to rule out other possible causes for the symptoms.

From: ADHD or Autism? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts about ADHD," "Children with ADHD," "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Data & Statistics," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Symptoms and Diagnosis," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Screening and Diagnosis for Healthcare Providers," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Recommendations," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Treatment."

Clinical Epidemiology : "Early diagnosis of autism and impact on prognosis: a narrative review."

Pediatrics : "Timing of the Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Frontiers in Psychiatry : "Why the Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Matters."

Autism Speaks: "Asperger Syndrome."

Raising Children.net.au: "Learning to pay attention: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)."

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Communication Problems in Children."

Understood.org: "My Child Talks Nonstop. What Can I Do?"

The National Autistic Society: "Obsessions, repetitive behaviour and routines."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 1, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts about ADHD," "Children with ADHD," "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Data & Statistics," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Symptoms and Diagnosis," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Screening and Diagnosis for Healthcare Providers," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Recommendations," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Treatment."

Clinical Epidemiology : "Early diagnosis of autism and impact on prognosis: a narrative review."

Pediatrics : "Timing of the Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Frontiers in Psychiatry : "Why the Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Matters."

Autism Speaks: "Asperger Syndrome."

Raising Children.net.au: "Learning to pay attention: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)."

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Communication Problems in Children."

Understood.org: "My Child Talks Nonstop. What Can I Do?"

The National Autistic Society: "Obsessions, repetitive behaviour and routines."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 1, 2019

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