Deciding if a child has ADHD is a process with several steps. This page gives you an overview of how ADHD is diagnosed. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. If you are concerned about whether a child might have ADHD, the first step is to talk with a healthcare provider to find out if the symptoms fit the diagnosis. The diagnosis can be made by a mental health professional, like a psychologist or psychiatrist, or by a primary care provider, like a pediatrician. Read more about the recommendations.
What Is ADHD?
Managing the Disability of Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention deficit disorder ADD is a neurological disorder that causes a range of behavior problems such as difficulty attending to instruction, focusing on schoolwork, keeping up with assignments, following instructions, completing tasks and social interaction. In addition, students with ADD may have learning disabilities and are often at risk for repeated disciplinary problems in schools. In fact, adults and peers alike may conclude that such students are lazy because of their inattention to tasks and failure to follow through with assignments. While ADD is extremely common, misperceptions about the disorder continue to circulate.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD is a chronic neuropsychiatric condition that affects both children and adults characterized by an inability to focus attention and complete actions. The coping mechanisms of individuals suffering from ADHD are easily overwhelmed, and their actions often seem chaotic and disorganized to others. Adults affected by ADHD often struggle with associated conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Attention Deficit Disorder ADD is a term used for people who have excessive difficulties with concentration without the presence of other ADHD symptoms such as excessive impulsiveness or hyperactivity. Some children with ADD are also impulsive but have never been hyperactive. This impulsiveness can adversely affect their social skills interaction. Occasionally a child with ADD is so demoralised, so anxious and depressed or self-harming, that these are seen as being the key issues rather than the underlying concentration weakness.