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How is ADHD diagnosed in children? How are kids diagnosed with adhd? Is there a test or screening that can tell me for sure if my child has it? .

How is ADHD diagnosed in children? How are kids diagnosed with adhd? Is there a test or screening that can tell me for sure if my child has it?

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Exclusion first: Before you diagnose adhd you must exclude a long list of other problems. The screening test is here http://www.Adhdoractivechild.Com/adhd-test but excluding the other problems that can look like adhd is an entirely different story. What are your child's symptoms? ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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How is ADHD Test done ?

How is ADHD Test done ?

ADHD is diagnosed by: clinical criteria of 6/9 or > significant symptoms of Inattention +/- Hyperactivity /Impulsivity that caused harmful dysfunction at home & school for 6 mos. or > by age 10, even if ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type was not diagnosed in childhood. There are no biological markers; neuropsychological deficits found in people with ADHD are also found in people with other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. ...Read more

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What to expect for adhd/add test?

What to expect for adhd/add test?

Answers: If you did not have ADHD as a child and have not had a brain injury or infection, it is unlikely you have traditional ADHD. However, there are many conditions that can mimic the effects of ADHD. Thorough testing may indicate what the issues are and hopefully point you in the direction of help for them. ...Read more

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Do the tests for ADHD include adults?

Do the tests for ADHD include adults?

Yes, tests exist but: No one "test" is determinative. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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Do you need a CESD test if you have ADHD?

Do you need a CESD test if you have ADHD?

CESD: This is Center For Epidemiologic Studies for Depression. ...Read more

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Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Depends on variables: I look at it like providing a crutch to a kid with a broken leg. With it s/he can get more done/without not so much.There are side effects to any med but the dose and form can be changed to fit the kids needs.Medicated add kids have a lower risk of incarceration and eventual drug use, for reasons unknown. ...Read more

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Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Not necessarily: Attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity can be silent for ears in a bright and curious child; the curiosity acts like a stimulant to engage attention. Later in life, with less structure, symptoms of add become apparent: e.g., disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, spacing off, daydreaming may be subtle but present if searched for. Adult add is real. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Yes they can: Although many adhd children are not aggressive, their impulsivity and high levels of physical activity can set them up for situations in which they or others become upset, leading to aggression. In toddlers with adhd, the most common cause of referrals in aggression in the preschool setting. Older children may be teased and scapegoated, which may to anger and aggression. ...Read more

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In what ways are the tests for ADHD conducted?

"Testing" for ADD: Add/adhd is a diagnosis based on a clinical exam, accomplished in the context of patient history, family history, exclusion of other causes, and mental status exam. Rating scales are frequently used and are helpful (& required by amer. Acad. Of pediatrics). Computerized performance testing is also helpful. However, there is no one independent "test" for add; the diagnosis cannot be made by it. ...Read more

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