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What are the tests for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Most docs answer this question thinking about a specific diagnostic test like blood test, xray, or blood pressure.
But many signs are found in adhd pts. Since this is a neurologic disease, it has neurologic findings. Eg, poor executive function, synkinesia, dyskinesia, poor working memory, temporal sequential ordering problems can all be tested. Eye muscle dyskinesia an inerrant sign in adhd.

In brief: Many

Most docs answer this question thinking about a specific diagnostic test like blood test, xray, or blood pressure.
But many signs are found in adhd pts. Since this is a neurologic disease, it has neurologic findings. Eg, poor executive function, synkinesia, dyskinesia, poor working memory, temporal sequential ordering problems can all be tested. Eye muscle dyskinesia an inerrant sign in adhd.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. R Sangal
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. R Sangal
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
please see my answer above
Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many,few,none

Many rating scales, diagnostic interviews, symptom checklists.
Few continous performance tests, qeeg, psychoeducational assessment, none are diagnostic, as the evaluation requires a trained, experienced professional to complete a thorough history, physical exam and clinical observation.

In brief: Many,few,none

Many rating scales, diagnostic interviews, symptom checklists.
Few continous performance tests, qeeg, psychoeducational assessment, none are diagnostic, as the evaluation requires a trained, experienced professional to complete a thorough history, physical exam and clinical observation.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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