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How to Ensure a Correct Diagnosis

"My son was diagnosed with multiple disorders, after an interview and psychiatric observations. Was he diagnosed correctly?"

by Larry Silver, M.D.


When a child has a complex pattern of disorders, it is important to get a thorough evaluation. This evaluation probably would require seeing a child and adolescent psychiatrist, plus possibly other studies (e.g., psycho-educational testing, neuro-psychological testing, etc.).

It is not always easy to clarify if a child has Asperger's, which is a type of Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and a learning disability, along with ADHD, OCD, an anxiety disorder, or other problems. I would encourage you to seek such an assessment. The treatment approaches for each disorder are similar in some areas, but very different in others.


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