ADHD Diagnosis Guide: How to Make Sure It's Accurate

on 12/06/2013 - 01:23 pm


An accurate diagnosis of attention deficit disorder isn’t easy to come by, but it is essential to your good health. Find out where to go, what to expect, and how to prepare for the tests and consultations associated with an ADHD diagnosis.

By Laura Flynn McCarthy



Warning Signs


You’re worried. Your son’s teacher sent home a note saying that his lack of focus is holding him back in class.

Your daughter phoned a classmate to set up a play date, and was turned down for the third time. The so-called “friend” told your daughter that she’s weird.

Or perhaps you are concerned about your job. You were late to work twice last week, and you frequently miss deadlines and meetings. You won’t be getting the promotion you’ve been after -- in fact, you may be fired.

You’ve wondered for months what’s causing you or your child to come up short -- stress, learning disabilities, a medical condition, or ADHD? You’re tired of wondering. It’s time to find out. You want to get an evaluation.

Congratulations. You are taking an important step in changing your life. But you are plagued by questions: Where do you start? What kind of doctor diagnoses ADHD? How do you know if you’re getting a state-of-the-art evaluation and an accurate ADHD diagnosis? And what should you do after you get it?


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