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How do people get tested for add and adhd?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Various

Psychologists, pediatricians, family docs, psychiatrists and others may be trained to test for adhd, but not all offer this testing.
Testing usually involves interviews & checklists with child, parent(s) and teacher(s). Best to start by asking your pediatrician or family doc; if they don't do the testing themselves, they can refer you to the right qualified expert in your local area.

In brief: Various

Psychologists, pediatricians, family docs, psychiatrists and others may be trained to test for adhd, but not all offer this testing.
Testing usually involves interviews & checklists with child, parent(s) and teacher(s). Best to start by asking your pediatrician or family doc; if they don't do the testing themselves, they can refer you to the right qualified expert in your local area.
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Another helpful tool is something called the TOVA test. It often is administered by psychologists. It can help to measure a person's ability to focus on a boring task and demonstrate the improvement with medication.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Thoroughly

Many conditions "look like" adhd.
Evaluation includes questionnaires, extensive history, physical & neurologic exam, & neurodevelopmental assessment. This will determine presence of adhd, & provide target outcomes for treatment. See http://pediatrics.Aappublications.Org/content/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654.Full.Pdf. This is the standard from the aap.

In brief: Thoroughly

Many conditions "look like" adhd.
Evaluation includes questionnaires, extensive history, physical & neurologic exam, & neurodevelopmental assessment. This will determine presence of adhd, & provide target outcomes for treatment. See http://pediatrics.Aappublications.Org/content/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654.Full.Pdf. This is the standard from the aap.
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Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics

In brief: Criteria & surveys

It usually starts with filling out forms (like vanderbilts or connors) to determine if you have the signs and symptoms of add (inattention)/adhd (hyperactivity and impulsivity).
Then there are criteria such as age the symptoms started (before 7), if it affects you in more than one enviroment (work & home), that it causes a significant problem & that it's not explained by another medical problem.

In brief: Criteria & surveys

It usually starts with filling out forms (like vanderbilts or connors) to determine if you have the signs and symptoms of add (inattention)/adhd (hyperactivity and impulsivity).
Then there are criteria such as age the symptoms started (before 7), if it affects you in more than one enviroment (work & home), that it causes a significant problem & that it's not explained by another medical problem.
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