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What are the tests like to see if you are add/adhd?

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Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surveys

It often starts with forms that ask questions about problems with attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity (core ahd symptoms).
Most ask you to rate each symptom (1-4 or 5), to get an idea of severity. Usually you give forms to people from different environments (home, work, school) since part of the criteria is that the symptoms occur in at least 2 places. Then you discuss with your doctor.

In brief: Surveys

It often starts with forms that ask questions about problems with attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity (core ahd symptoms).
Most ask you to rate each symptom (1-4 or 5), to get an idea of severity. Usually you give forms to people from different environments (home, work, school) since part of the criteria is that the symptoms occur in at least 2 places. Then you discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Thomas Seck
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Dr. Glen Elliott
There also are pen-and-paper (or computer-based) tests that assess focus, impulsivity, processing speed, and several other factors that may affect an individual's function and are commonly associated with ADHD, though not always part of the formal criteria for making the diagnosis. There is no blood test, nor have brain scans of any kind been shown to be diagnostic.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Simple to complex

Tests include screening questionnaires, complex questionnaires, extensive history, physical examination, neurologic examination & neurodevelomental testing.
This can all be done by a single doctor who has proper training. Lab tests or imaging studies are ordered depending on the outcome of initial assessment.

In brief: Simple to complex

Tests include screening questionnaires, complex questionnaires, extensive history, physical examination, neurologic examination & neurodevelomental testing.
This can all be done by a single doctor who has proper training. Lab tests or imaging studies are ordered depending on the outcome of initial assessment.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Franklyn Farrell
Occupational Medicine

In brief: Questionnaires

The evaluation for adhd is very involved.
It involves questionnaires (connor, burke), IQ testing, psychological evaluation to rule out mood disorders/personality disorders, medical screening for vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, etc.

In brief: Questionnaires

The evaluation for adhd is very involved.
It involves questionnaires (connor, burke), IQ testing, psychological evaluation to rule out mood disorders/personality disorders, medical screening for vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, etc.
Dr. Franklyn Farrell
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