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What does an ADHD diagnosis require?

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Although many children display some of the behaviors for ADHD, they do not necessarily have the disorder. An ADHD diagnosis requires that these behaviors have been persistent for at least six months, that some symptoms began before age 12, that symptoms are present in two or more settings (such as school and home), and that they significantly impair the child in at least two places (social life, school, etc.).

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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