Diagnosing ADHD

Many tools are used to diagnose ADHD. Parents, family, and teachers describe the child’s behavior. Healthcare providers and educators may also observe and evaluate the child. This process can also help rule out other problems.

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Adults describe the child

If your child’s healthcare provider suspects ADHD, he or she will ask you to fill out questionnaires. You also will be asked to describe your child’s attention and behavior patterns. Think about your child’s past as well as the present. Other adults who know your child well can also share what they have observed.

Experts evaluate

Your child’s attention may be tested by a specialist. He or she may also observe your child in the classroom. ADHD seems to run in families. Tell the healthcare provider if any other family member shows signs of ADHD. The healthcare provider and specialists will look at all the information. If ADHD is diagnosed, treatment can be planned.