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Why would my child need to take tests and provide records for a ADHD diagnosis?

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The evaluator will check on other possible causes of your child's behavior before officially diagnosing ADHD. To do this, he or she will check your child's medical and school records, and ask about what else is going on in your child's life. The evaluator 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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