Who Should Diagnose My Child with ADHD?


"Who should diagnose my child with ADHD - a school counselor or a pediatrician?"

Dr. Larry Silver M.D. is the author of two books about parenting ADHD/LD children.

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 clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as 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.
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