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What ratings scales do doctors use to evaluate and track ADHD symptoms?

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Along with these APA guidelines, doctors may also use rating scales to help them evaluate and track ADHD symptoms. A few examples are:

  • The Vanderbilt Assessment Scale. This 55-question assessment tool reviews symptoms of ADHD. It also looks for other conditions such as conduct disorder, oppositional-defiant disorder, anxiety, and depression.
  • The Child Attention Profile. This scale is generally filled out by teachers and tracks common ADHD symptoms.
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children. This test looks for things like hyperactivity, aggression, and conduct problems. It also looks for anxiety, depression, attention and learning problems, and lack of certain essential skills.
  • Child Behavior Checklist/Teacher Report Form. Among other things, this scale looks at physical complaints, aggressive or delinquent behavior, and withdrawal.

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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