“The assessment and potential diagnosis of ADHD is not an easy fifteen-minute doctor’s visit. The process should be thorough and take more than one visit”

The Assessment and Diagnosis of ADHD. 

The Diagnostic Process

Obtaining an ADHD diagnosis is more complex than taking a simple test. Generally, a healthcare professional will get a complete medical and personal history, ask for standardized behaviour checklists to be completed by family/teachers/close friends, and provide you with information about ADHD. In addition, this process identifies other medical issues you or your child may have.

Healthcare professionals that can diagnose and treat ADHD are:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Neurologists
  • Pediatricians (developmental)
  • Psychologists ( Psychologists do not prescribe medication)
  • Family Physicians (with ADHD training).

ADHD rarely occurs on its own. Often other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities are also present. Therefore, it is essential to get a complete picture when being assessed.

Getting Diagnosed in Edmonton:

The procedure of diagnosing Adult ADHD is very similar to diagnosing ADHD in Children.

In fact, it is quite common for adults to be diagnosed after their children have received a diagnosis.

Resources for Understanding the Diagnostic Process:

CADDAC is a national, not-for-profit organization providing leadership and support in awareness, education and advocacy for ADHD organizations and individuals across Canada.   

If you suspect that you or a family member has ADHD, here are links that may help:

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is an organization based in the United States. They were founded in 1987 to help parents and their children with the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by living with ADHD. 

TotallyADD is dedicated to helping adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD – we use the acronyms interchangeably) and those affected by it (family, employers, health professionals, etc.) liberate themselves from fear, shame, and stigma and create a life they love.  

ADDitudeMag.com, since 1998, millions of parents and adults have trusted ADDitude’s expert guidance and support for living better with ADHD and its related mental health conditions. 

  • Inside the ADHD brain, symptoms manifest differently in girls vs. boys, children vs. adults, and within the 3 types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive, and combined. Here, find ADHD symptom tests for all of the above, plus quizzes for related conditions like ODD, autism, OCD, learning disabilities, rejection sensitive dysphoria, and more. ADHD & Sympton Tests.
  • Do I have ADD? Take this free ADHD test to assess whether attention deficit hyperactivity disorder explains your symptoms of disorganization, hypersensitivity, lack of productivity, poor memory, emotional dysregulation, bad time management, and struggles with money and with work. Share the results with a mental health care professional for evaluation.  {Self-Test} Symptom Test for Adults.
  • Symptoms of ADHD and ADD often manifest differently in men and women, many of whom grew up being called lazy or dumb while inattentive attention deficit was ignored or mislabeled as hormones or anxiety. Take this self-test to see if you exhibit the symptoms of ADD most common in women and girls. Then share the results with your doctor to seek a diagnosis.  {Self-Test} ADHD Symptons in Women.   
  • ADHD often looks different in girls. It is, at times, easy to mistake for hormones, anxiety, or a learning disability. And for this reason, too many girls grow up feeling misunderstood. This ADHD self-test was designed for girls themselves to take and may help clarify symptoms.  {Self-Test} The ADHD Symptom Test for Girls.
  • Does my child have ADHD? Only a licensed clinician can diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but if you suspect that your child has symptoms of ADHD, take this self-test and share the results with your child’s doctor when requesting a thorough evaluation.  {Self-Test} Could My Child Have ADHD? 

Best wishes as you begin your journey through diagnosis.

The information on the AAGE Web site is provided with the understanding that the organization is not engaged in rendering psychological, medical or legal advice or recommendations. The information on the website is not intended to replace consultations with qualified health care or legal professionals to meet your individual needs. References to any treatment or therapy option or any program, service, or treatment do not constitute an official endorsement by AAGE. Parents and professionals are encouraged to fully investigate treatment options and providers that may be most appropriate.

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