You will find the new ADHD Widget on the right side of most pages of my web page. This new widget guides you through making a decision about ADHD - that is, it helps you decide if it might or might now be a good idea to see you psychologist to medical doctor. It's not meant to diagnose ADHD. It's a handy interactive means of helping you put things into perspective. Deciding if a child has ADHD is a several step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms.
The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) is used by mental health professionals to help diagnose ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible to the general public. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD.
If a parent or other adult is concerned about a child’s behavior, it is important to discuss these concerns with the child’s health care provider. A diagnosis is made up of more than a simple checklist.
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