ADHD Test & Diagnosis for Children

There isn’t any one ADHD test that your physician can carry out to identify this condition; they rather check for a range of symptoms and issues for ADH diagnosis.

Hundreds of children each year are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.  When your child is bright, smart and clearly does not have any cognitive delays or impairments, yet has a hard time concentrating and staying focused, your thoughts may turn to whether or not he or she has ADHD.

 

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ADHD is certainly not something that you, as a parent, can diagnose yourself.  The official diagnosis needs to come from a medical professional who is experienced in the area of ADHD in children.


Some of the symptoms of ADHD include, as mentioned above, your child not being able to focus on school work or other tasks that require concentration, or your child being antsy or fidgety, or possibly your child being very impatient. Now, some of these symptoms occur naturally in children.  Children vary in energy levels and it also depends greatly on a child’s diet.  Perhaps a child has been ingesting too much sugar on occasion and gets very wound up from a sugar rush.

These are things that a medical professional would certainly ask about and monitor in a child to decide if in fact the child has ADHD.  The doctor will note whether the child exhibits behavior far different than his peers and whether that behavior is truly interfering with his everyday lifestyle and making it difficult to function or attend school.  The Doctor will also note how long the symptoms have persisted and if they have been fluctuating or persistent.  There is no way to physically test for ADHD such as a blood test or any kind of MRI, so it’s truly based on the doctor’s own diagnosis based on what he observes in the patient and what he is told.  The Doctor does follow guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help in his diagnosis.

The ideal age for ADHD test would be between the ages of 5 and 13.  With children under 5 years of age, it’s difficult because younger children have more of a tendency to exhibit ADHD behavior, when in fact they don’t have the disease at all so there is a far better chance of being misdiagnosed.

When children enter into their teen years, hormones start the body fluctuating with varying symptoms of all types so there, again, is a chance of a misdiagnosis when in fact it was simply hormones taking over the body.

Another thing to keep in mind during the process of diagnosing your child would be that it’s not only the doctor that needs to have input, but anyone who is in your child’s life on a regular basis as a caregiver or teacher should take part in the assessment.  If a child’s behavior is only exhibited around a certain group of people then environmental factors may be more of the problem and not something inside the child’s brain.

Although having a child that could potentially have ADHD is a very scary thing, there is help out there and you are definitely not alone.  Seek medical attention and get a proper diagnosis.  If in fact your child does have ADHD, there are not only prescribed medications available, but there are all natural remedies to help your child and everyone will live a happier more fulfilling life.

Source: Healthguru


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