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How will the doctor diagnose ADHD in children?

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The first step toward diagnosing ADHD should be a full physical exam by your child’s pediatrician or family practitioner to rule out other medical causes for his or her behaviors. The physician, psychologist, or other mental health professional evaluating your child for ADHD will probably then set up an interview with you and two or more sessions with your child before making a final diagnosis. The evaluator will check on other possible causes of your child’s behavior. To do this, they will check your child’s medical and school records, and ask about what else is going on in your child's life. They may also give your child tests to determine if there might be a learning disorder or some other mental or emotional problem that may be causing the behaviors.

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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