A 37-year-old member asked:
what are the tests for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
3 doctor answers
Dr. R Sangal answered
42 years experience Sleep Medicine
No test: The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is by history. There is no test that shows whether or not you have it. If there are a sufficient number of symptoms of attention deficit or of hyperactivity-impulsivity which cause problems, have been present since early childhood (before age 7), and there is no other clear cause, then you have attention deficit.
Answered on Sep 9, 2015
Dr. Carla Enriquez answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Neurodevelopmental : Adhd is a neurobiological disorder, as such it has neurological signs. No x-ray or MRI test can show physiologic differences, but examination can. This includes synkinesiae, eye muscle dysmetria, mixed dominance, & findings of poor cortical executive function. These findings are used for therapeutic targets in medication prescription, much like blood pressure is used to assess medication in htn.
Answered on Apr 9, 2016
Dr. William Singer answered
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Neuropsychology: The best of the tests available include neuropsychological testing. It includes tests of attention, vigilance, flexibility of thinking, and executive function
Answered on May 1, 2016
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