How ADHD Is Diagnosed

What diagnostic criteria and tests should I perform as part of a differential diagnosis for ADHD?

Diagnosing a patient with ADHD is a complex and nuanced process. This 7-part guide highlights key considerations and decisions clinicians face along the way.

CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS: What clinical requirements are required to confirm a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

A: All patients must have a full psychiatric evaluation and physical examination. Here is a cautionary note underscoring the need for a full assessment for late-onset ADHD in adolescents and young adults… | Keep reading on Medscape »

PEDIATRIC ADHD: Which diagnostic tests should I administer for the evaluation of pediatric ADHD?

A: Workup in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), previously termed attention deficit disorder (ADD), includes the following… | Keep reading on Medscape »

ADHD DIAGNOSIS: What steps comprise an authoritative ADHD diagnosis?

A: An accurate ADHD evaluation includes several standard diagnostic steps and nuanced considerations; other “tools” are unproven and worth neither your time nor your money… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

COMPLEX ADHD DIAGNOSIS: What tests, assessments, and questionnaires are used to evaluate patients for complex ADHD?

A: Many children and adults begin by taking an online test of common ADHD symptoms and then taking the results to an ADHD specialist for review and evaluation… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

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7-Week Guide to Differential Diagnosis of ADHD, from Medscape x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?
DECISION 2: What do I need to understand about ADHD that is not represented in the DSM?
DECISION 3: How can I avoid the barriers and biases that impair ADHD diagnosis for underserved populations?
DECISION 4: How can I best consider psychiatric comorbidities when evaluating for ADHD?
DECISION 5: How can I differentiate ADHD from the comorbidities most likely to present at school and/or work?
DECISION 6: How can I best consider trauma and personality disorders through the lens of ADHD?
> DECISION 7: What diagnostic criteria and tests should I perform as part of a differential diagnosis for ADHD?