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What might a doctor ask or look for during an ADHD diagnosis?

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The doctor needs to see how much a person's symptoms are affecting his daily moods, The doctor needs to see how much a person’s symptoms are affecting his daily moods, behavior, productivity, and lifestyle habits. He needs to rule out other conditions as well. With children, the doctor will talk with the parents and may ask for a behavior report from the child's teacher, report cards, and samples of schoolwork. With adults, the doctor may want to talk with family members and ask if the person had ADHD symptoms as a child.

From: ADHD Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "National Initiative for Children's Health Quality (AAP/NICHQ)ADHD Practitioners' Toolkit."

American Psychiatric Association, (DSM-V): "AD/HD." Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

CHADD: "How is AD/HD Diagnosed?"

Medscape: "Diagnosing ADHD."

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "National Initiative for Children's Health Quality (AAP/NICHQ)ADHD Practitioners' Toolkit."

American Psychiatric Association, (DSM-V): "AD/HD." Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

CHADD: "How is AD/HD Diagnosed?"

Medscape: "Diagnosing ADHD."

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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