Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Adhd Diagnosis, ADD Diagnosis, Hyperactive Diagnosis, Attention Deficit Disorder Diagnosis, Attention Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosed?


Usually, teachers, baby sitters and coaches are the people who observe the child’s behavior most of the time as they always see your children, especially in school. Plus, it is not just how the child behaves but how long the behavior happens and when it takes place. However, it is the doctor who will diagnose your child by using questionnaires and interviews to know about the behavior of your child. The doctor may use ADHD-specific rating scales like the Vanderbilt questionnaire, the Connors' Rating Scales or the Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) to assess your child with the condition.


Diagnosing ADHD in adults is more difficult than children, as it will be hard for them to recall their behavior when they were young. That’s why doctors will order school records and information from teachers, parents, or any other person that knows you very well since you were a child; because if you have signs and symptoms of ADHD during your childhood, it would be easy to diagnose you with adult ADHD. In addition, there is no other test to verify the diagnosis except self-report tools like the Copeland Symptoms Checklist for Adult ADHD or the Brown Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Scales.

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