Take the pain out of diagnosing childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) with this humorous diagnostic tool. (Parents, please don't try this at home!)
by Kay Marner
As you may know, the folks at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) are hard at work updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM). They’ll release the new version, DSM-V, in 2013. Proposed changes in diagnostic criteria are, according to the APA’s DSM-V website, the culmination of 10 years of revision activities. As we speak (write, read) work groups are putting the final touches on drafts of proposed changes. Field trials, designed to determine the usability of the revised guidelines, will follow. As reported on ADDitudeMag.com, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is one of the diagnoses expected to undergo changes in the new DSM-V.
Well, move over, experts. In the spirit of the monkeys (our kids) whose medical portfolios outperform those of stockbrokers, and in my capacity as a para-quasi-lay expert in ADD/ADHD, and mother of a child living with said disorder, I propose the following easy, practical -- even entertaining -- method of diagnosing ADD/ADHD in children:
I. Schedule evaluation.
II. When parent(s) and child arrive at examiner’s office:
In all seriousness, be sure and enter our "Intro to ADD/ADHD Giveaway" by May 26 for a chance to win a copy of the “test instrument,” All Dogs Have ADHD (as well as the book My Friend Has ADHD, by Amanda Doering Tourville).When you read it, I just know you’ll see what I mean!