To ensure the right diagnosis for your child, first focus on the doctor's workup. Learn what to look for in a quality ADHD evaluation.
If you suspect that your child has ADHD, getting the right diagnosis will require persistence. "Research shows that families consult with, on average, 11 doctors before they find the right one," says psychiatrist William Dodson, M.D. "Don't give up."
Here's what a thorough evaluation should include:
1. TIME: An initial consultation could range from 45 minutes to two hours or more. That time should be spent with the child as well as the parents, looking for signs of ADHD, and for other possible explanations for the symptom ...