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A 17-year-old male asked:

is it true that adhd persons have iq above average ?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
ADD and Smartness: Yes. Of course. But it is impossible to generalize this to all those who have this condition.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Does the testing for ADHD involve taking an IQ test?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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No: There is no real testing for adhd. The diagnosis of adhd is usually made from a checklist of symptoms. Each of these symptoms are actually subjective. There is no blood test for adhd. There are, however, good, objective tests for the underlying causes of adhd symptoms: allergies, nutritional deficiencies and learning problems can cause the symptoms but can be treated without drugs.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
There are several tests done in a thorough evaluation including a psych-ED which does test IQ.
Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Learning assessment is also helpful. It is a fallcy there is no test for ADHD. see http://asm.sagep
Oct 14, 2011
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Also see: <http://www.slideshare.net/benjatchison/p-e-e-r-a-m-i-d> The test developed by Mel Levine,
Oct 14, 2011
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if ADHD or add people have normal iq?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Variable: These folks have as much variation in their iq as the rest of the population but they tend to be normal. Sometimes testing needs to be modified to accommodate for their problems with focus to find their true level of function.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can having ADHD lower your IQ test score?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Unless treated, yes: Untreated adhd can make it difficult to focus and concentrate on answering the questions on an iq test -- resulting in a lower score. Appropriate treatment should normalize this.

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