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How is Tourette syndrome or ADHD diagnosed?

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Your doctor will be able to tell whether your child’s symptoms are related to ADHD, Tourette's syndrome, both, or something else. There's no special test to diagnose either condition. Your doctor will ask about symptoms and when they started. He'll do a blood test and medical exam to see if anything else could be causing the problem.

HealthyChildren.org: "Tics, Tourette Syndrome, and OCD."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "ADHD and Tics or Tourette Syndrome."

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

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

CDC: "Tourette Syndrome: Other Concerns & Conditions," "Facts About ADHD," "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

JAMA Psychiatry: "Lifetime Prevalence, Age of Risk, and Genetic Relationships of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Tourette Syndrome."

CHADD: "Managing Medication."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2019

HealthyChildren.org: "Tics, Tourette Syndrome, and OCD."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "ADHD and Tics or Tourette Syndrome."

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

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

CDC: "Tourette Syndrome: Other Concerns & Conditions," "Facts About ADHD," "Facts About Tourette Syndrome."

JAMA Psychiatry: "Lifetime Prevalence, Age of Risk, and Genetic Relationships of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Tourette Syndrome."

CHADD: "Managing Medication."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2019

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