ADHD Diagnosis in Kids

How can I improve the odds of getting an accurate ADHD evaluation for my child?

Could your child have ADHD? In this 8-part guide, you’ll find expert answers to the questions that will help you make key decisions about seeking a diagnosis.

GENDER: Why is ADHD so often missed or misdiagnosed in girls?

A: Hyperactivity and impulsivity are two of the most well-known symptoms of ADHD. But they aren’t as common with girls… | Keep reading on WebMD »

DIAGNOSING GIRLS: How can parents and doctors better recognize signs of ADHD in girls?

A: Girls with inattention can compensate in the early school years, especially if they’re bright. But the strategies often fail when they get to middle school, which demands more planning… | Keep reading on WebMD »

AGE-BY-AGE: How might my child’s ADHD symptoms change as they age?

A: In the teen years, hyperactivity tends to improve. But your child may feel restless and be uncomfortable sitting for long periods. And an impulsive teen with ADHD might do risky things… | Keep reading on WebMD »

TEENS: What do I need to understand about ADHD in adolescence?

A: Teens with ADHD face an extra set of challenges: puberty aggravates their symptoms, academics tax their EFs, and… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD & RACE: How can I combat disparities in ADHD diagnosis and treatment for children of color?

A: After hundreds of years of racialized history, trust won’t come overnight, but it can be improved by diversifying educational and medical communities… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

BEYOND TANTRUMS: Can early signs of emotional dysregulation suggest ADHD in my child?

A: The babies who may be at risk for ADHD are the ones who cry constantly and have trouble self-soothing; who are angry, fussy, and difficult to control; who have… | Keep reading on ADDitude »
FIRST-PERSON: “The Model Minority Myth Left No Room for My ADHD”
“Neurological differences are not talked about in my culture. They are taboo. This meant I was to tell nobody about my diagnosis, because even with that validation, I would face judgement and isolation.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


SYMPTOM TEST: Symptoms in Teen Girls

Typical symptoms of ADHD in girls — daydreaming, non-stop talking, tardiness — are too often shrugged off. | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

EXPERT WEBINAR: The Teen Years with ADHD

Expert webinar with Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. | Listen now on ADDitude »

8-Part Guide to ADHD Diagnosis in Children, from WebMD x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?
DECISION 2: How can I understand the aspects of ADHD that might be new to the doctor?
> DECISION 3: How can I improve the odds of an accurate ADHD evaluation for my child?
DECISION 4: How can I find a professional to diagnose and treat my child’s ADHD?
DECISION 5: What should a thorough evaluation for pediatric ADHD include and exclude?
DECISION 6: How can I be sure my child’s evaluation screens for psychiatric comorbidities?
DECISION 7: How can I be sure my child’s evaluation considers look-alike comorbidities?
DECISION 8: Should my child be screened for the sleep, eating, and other disorders?