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How is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosed?

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Doctors check for behavior that's:

  • Not typical for the person’s age. (Most children can behave in those ways at some point or another, though.)
  • Has a negative impact on the person’s ability to function at home, in social environments, or at work.
  • They also have to consistently display at least six of the above symptoms: For at least 6 months
  • In at least two settings, such as at home and in school

From: Symptoms of ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Symptoms of ADHD." 

American Psychiatric Association. 

Searight, H.R.   November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , 5th Ed. (DSM-V). 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Symptoms of ADHD." 

American Psychiatric Association. 

Searight, H.R.   November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , 5th Ed. (DSM-V). 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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