The Diagnostic Process
A health professional who has expertise or extensive experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD is in the best position for assessing a child, adolescent, or adult. ADHD is not determined from a simple test. Generally, the professional will obtain a full medical and personal history, ask for standardized behavior checklists to be completed by family or close friends, and provide you with information about ADHD. This is to rule out or take into account any other medical issues you or your child may have. ADHD rarely occurs on its own. Often other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities are also present. It is important to get a complete picture when being assessed.If you suspect that you or a family member has ADHD, here are links that will help you decide on your next step.
- CHADD Go to menu, “Understanding ADHD” and then “Evaluation and Treatment”
- Totally ADD (registration is free)
- ADD Magazine (adults)
- CADDRA diagnosis forms, as recommended by your physician
If you are ready to seek a diagnosis, click on the age category below. Best wishes as you begin this journey.