Diagnosing ADHD in a child is a multi-step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other diagnoses, like anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. If ADHD is not accompanied by any other comorbidity, a pediatrician can often make the diagnosis.
Its is recommended by AAP that healthcare professionals ask about your child’s behavior in different settings such as school and home which is why Vanderbilt forms can be given as part of the evaluation to aid with diagnosis.
Below are symptoms possibly indicating diagnosis. If you believe your child has these symptoms, have your child evaluated by a pediatrician. Keep in mind that 6 or more of these should be present for more than 6 months.
- Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork or with other activities.
- Trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork
- Trouble organizing tasks and activities.
- Avoids tasks that require mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).
- Often Loses things necessary for tasks and activities
- Easily distracted
- Forgetful in daily activities.
- Fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat
- Leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
- runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate
- Unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
- Is “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”
- Talks excessively.
- Blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
- Has trouble waiting his/her turn.
- Interrupts or intrudes on others
If you have any concerns and believe your child could be struggling with ADHD, let us help, call for an evaluation.