Determining if someone has an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be a complex process. Many biological and psychological problems can have similar symptoms. For example, anxiety, depression and certain types of learning differences/difficulties may have similar symptoms as ADHD.

It is not possible to diagnose ADHD using only a single test or scan. Therefore, comprehensive evaluations are necessary to establish a diagnosis, rule out other causes, and determine the presence or absence of co-existing conditions. Such evaluations require time and effort and should include a careful history and clinical assessment of the individual’s academic, social, and emotional functioning as well as development level. A careful history should be taken from the parents and teachers, as well as the child if they feel comfortable doing so.

There are several types of professionals who can diagnose ADHD. These include:

  • School psychologists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Neurologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Pediatricians

Regardless of who does the evaluation, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 diagnostic criteria for ADHD is necessary.

Physicians may also conduct thorough medical evaluations in order to assess potential hearing or vision problems in order to rule out other medical problems that may have similar symptoms as ADHD.

Get a complete assessment at LDA Minnesota to confirm or rule out ADHD.

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