Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • My child has symptoms, and I'm worried it may be ADHD.
  • My child has ADHD, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • My child has ADHD and is sick or having problems.

My child has symptoms, and I'm worried it may be ADHD.

What to Ask Your Pediatrician

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on July 20, 2020

  1. Could my child's behavior be a symptom of ADHD or could just be normal behavior for their age?
  2. How is the disorder diagnosed in children?
  3. Could they have something else?
  4. What can I do right now to help them at school and at home?
  5. Have you treated children with ADHD before? If not, should we see a specialist?

My child has ADHD, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Pediatrician

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on July 20, 2020

  1. What causes ADHD?
  2. Should my child take medication? Which ones do you recommend?
  3. What are the risks and side effects of those drugs?
  4. Would a psychotherapist or another therapist help?
  5. What should I do if their symptoms suddenly get worse?

My child has ADHD and is sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Pediatrician

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on July 20, 2020

  1. Is their medication working? Should we try another treatment?
  2. Are side effects to blame? If so, can they be treated?
  3. Should I tell their teachers and coaches?
  4. Could a personal ADHD coach help?
  5. What else can our family do to help them at home and at school?