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what are the tests for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. R Sangal
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
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Dr. Stephanie Smith
14 years experience Pediatrics
There are computer tests available that can suggest a diagnosis of ADHD when supported by a proper history, like Qb.
Sep 9, 2015
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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There are most certainly tests for ADD that have been validated over the past few decades. Would any psychometrists like to pipe in? CPT / CPT 3 / CPT 4 / SAT / Stroop / Brown / Vanderbilt / etc, etc.
Jul 25, 2014
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
See my answer below for a more updated approach to ADHD
Oct 10, 2012
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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
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Dr. William Singer
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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