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Diagnosis of ADHD

Diagnosis of ADHD:

There is no single test for ADHD. Only a full evaluation by a health care professional can truly diagnose or rule out ADHD. It is important to evaluate a child who is exhibiting symptoms of ADHD for other medical causes that might be affecting their behavior. These can include:

  • Petit mal Seizures, in which a child appears to daydream excessively, blank out, or is "spaced out"
  • Diabetes
  • Conditions that can affect hearing, such as ear infections
  • Conditions that can affect vision or a need for glasses
  • Learning disabilities, which can mimic ADHD, but can also accompany it
  • Mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, or psychological trauma, such as the loss of a parent

Diagnostic Test list for ADHD:

The list of medical tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of ADHD includes:

  • Parent consultant interview
  • Teacher consultation interview
  • Psychology assessment
  • Dietary changes - Can be used diagnostically to rule out certain food intolerances or allergies/reactions.

Diagnosis of ADHD: medical news summaries:

The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis and misdiagnosis issues for ADHD:


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