Diagnosing ADD and ADHD
Diagnosing ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) should be carried out by a qualified mental health practitioner.
Sometimes, the signs and symptoms of ADD / ADHD - including hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention - can be confused with other mental or physical conditions.
Your practitioner should run a full assessment and evaluation which reviews a complicated set of symptoms, so seeing a professional who specializes in the disorder can be helpful. The conditional assessment used at present does not rely on laboratory or imaging testing, but rather on observation of behavioral patterns and their duration.
In diagnosing ADD / ADHD, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a clinical evaluation for childhood ADD / ADHD include:
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As ADD / ADHD has come to light as a significant disorder only in recent years, many adults have now only just discovered that they have the condition. Often, diagnosing ADD / ADHD occurs as a result of self-education on the topic, or because the symptoms take over their daily life to such a degree that normal functioning becomes severely impaired and the adult seeks out help.
ADD / ADHD can also occur in conjunction with other mental afflictions like depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); this makes diagnosing ADD / ADHD less straightforward than it otherwise would be. In order to fit in with the establish way of diagnosing ADD / ADHD, both children and adults must fit certain criteria, in addition to displaying hyperactivity, inattention or impulsivity, as follows:
Certain life altering circumstances can cause reactions that masquerade as ADD / ADHD, such as divorce, death in the family or other traumatic events; this makes diagnosing ADD / ADHD a little trickier. In addition, the following conditions can often co-occur with the disorder, but can also be mistaken for it so that proper treatment fails to be implemented; again, these must be taken into account in diagnosing ADD / ADHD. These conditions include:
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