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Who Should Diagnose My Child with ADHD?
"Who should diagnose my child with ADHD - a school counselor or a pediatrician?"
ADHD is a medical diagnosis. Although it's often a teacher or family member who first suspects ADHD, and feedback from teachers, therapists, and parents is vital in helping a doctor establish a chronic and pervasive history of hyperactivity and/or inattention and/or impulsivity, a medical doctor must make the formal diagnosis. Start by seeing your son or daughter's pediatrician.
Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.