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Listen to “Expert Guidelines for Getting an Accurate ADHD Diagnosis” with Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.

Some professionals insist that an ADHD evaluation requires a full battery of neuropsychological testing, brain imaging, and computerized tests. Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., disagrees. Tune in to learn which diagnostic tests are valuable, and which aren’t.

Medical doctor or physician in white gown uniform with stethoscope in hospital or clinic
Medical doctor or physician in white gown uniform with stethoscope in hospital or clinic

Listen to “Expert Guidelines for Getting an Accurate ADHD Diagnosis” with Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.

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You suspect that your child or another family member is showing signs of attention deficit. Step One is to get a comprehensive evaluation by a professional who knows what ADHD is — and what it is not. This may be a pediatrician, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or another medical or mental health professional who has received specialized training in how to recognize, assess, and treat ADHD and related problems.

Many professionals insist that an accurate ADHD diagnosis requires a full battery of neuropsychological testing, brain imaging, and computerized tests to measure attention. Dr. Thomas Brown, an esteemed ADHD expert with four decades’ experience, disagrees. Families can save money, he says, by knowing which tests are valuable in assessing symptoms of ADHD, and which aren’t.

In this episode, learn:

  • The most qualified professionals to evaluate a child or an adult for ADHD
  • The most effective approach for evaluating adults and children for ADHD
  • Why a clinician should always assess an adult or child for comorbid conditions
  • Why exploring a person’s physical health, sleep habits, nutritional regimen, and potential substance abuse problems can lead to a more accurate diagnosis
  • The importance of parents participating in a child’s evaluation
  • Why adults and children should undergo an age-appropriate, normed rating scale for ADHD-related problems over the past six months

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Listener testimonials:

  • “Thanks, Dr. Brown. This was very informative and I appreciate your time. I plan to read more about your research.”
  • “Presentation was very informative and slides showed talking points in a very organized manner. I learned a lot about what to look for in diagnosing ADHD. Thank you!”
  • “Excellent Webinar! Thank you so much! Dr. Brown is amazing and his information is truly appreciated and valued! Looking forward to more webinars by Dr. Brown soon.”
  • “Dr Brown is a terrific resource and he is at the apex of my list of favorite ADHD experts to learn from. Thank you for hosting him and for all that you do!”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

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Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from telephone conversations, not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: www.additude.com/webinars/


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Updated on November 25, 2019

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