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How is ADHD diagnosed?

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There is no single test for ADHD. Doctors diagnose ADHD in children and teens after discussing symptoms at length with the child, parents, and teachers and observing the child's behaviors. The doctor will also gather information about any similar problems that run in the family and consider all possible causes.

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Pediatrics. 

National Institute of Mental Health. 

Attention Deficit Disorder Association. 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Medscape: "Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD." 

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Medication Management for Adults with ADHD." 

Strattera web site. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death." 

HelpGuide.org: "ADD & ADHD Medications." 

News release, Pfizer.

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Pediatrics. 

National Institute of Mental Health. 

Attention Deficit Disorder Association. 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Medscape: "Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD." 

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Medication Management for Adults with ADHD." 

Strattera web site. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death." 

HelpGuide.org: "ADD & ADHD Medications." 

News release, Pfizer.

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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