The Diagnostic Process
ADHD is not determined from a simple test. Generally, a healthcare professional will obtain a full medical and personal history, ask for standardized behavior checklists to be completed by family/teachers/close friends, and provide you with information about ADHD. This accounts for 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 “For Parents & Caregivers” or “For Adults”
- Totally ADD (registration is free)
- ADD Magazine (adults)
- CADDRA diagnosis forms, as recommended by your physician
Best wishes as you begin your journey through diagnosis: