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

Currently there is no single test or scan that can be used to diagnose ADHD. Because of a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to establish a diagnosis, rule out other causes, and determine the presence or absence of co-existing conditions. Such an evaluation requires time and effort and should include a careful history and a clinical assessment of the individual’s academic, social, and emotional functioning and developmental level. A careful history should be taken from the parents and teachers, as well as the child, when appropriate.

There are several types of professionals who can diagnose ADHD including school psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, nurse practitioners, neurologists, psychiatrists and pediatricians. Regardless of who does the evaluation, the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 diagnostic criteria for ADHD is necessary.

In addition, a thorough medical exam by a physician may also be conducted in order to assess potential hearing or vision problems and to rule out other medical problems that may have a similar symptom profile as ADHD.

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